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Iran: Second public execution of a protester in Mashhad


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The court also ruled that the accused “waged war against Allah”

Iranian authorities today carried out the second execution linked to the protests that have rocked the country for three months, Mizan online, a news agency close to the judiciary, reported.

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“Majidreza Rahnavard, who was sentenced to death on November 29 for stabbing to death two members of the security forces and wounding four others,” was publicly executed in Mashhad, the agency said.

According to another Iranian news agency, IRNA, this man killed two members of the notorious Basij paramilitary group.

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The court further ruled that the accused was “waging war against Allah”.

Last week, Mohsen Sakari, an Iranian rapper, was executed. He was accused of attacking a member of the security forces and injuring him with a knife, as well as blocking a road in Tehran.

Human rights organizations estimate that at least 470 protesters have been killed and another 18,000 arrested during mass demonstrations across the country since mid-September.

At least 23 other protesters have been sentenced to death and are awaiting execution, in addition to the two already killed.

The trigger for the mass mobilizations in Iran was the death on September 16 of Mahsha Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, at the hands of the morality police.


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