Iran has announced that it has the first prisoner officially convicted of an alleged crime following protests staged in the country was executed following the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who was in Iranian police custody for not wearing her hijab correctly. the prisoner, Mohsen Shekariwas convicted of “intentionally” injuring a security guard with a long knife and blocking a road in the capital, Tasnim news agency reported. was hanged this morning.
The Iranian authorities have rejected the prisoner’s lawyer’s appeal, deeming it “neither valid nor justified”, as they believe that he was guilty of “war crimes” by blocking the road, threatening with weapons and confronting the agents . Iran’s Supreme Court – which believes the protester’s actions were an “example of hypocrisy” – approved the sentence this morning and enforced it. The magistrates rely on alleged statements by witnesses of the incident, who allegedly ensured that those present were very frightened by the presence of the armed protester.
Justice Department spokesman Masoud Setayeshi explained that for the same crime eleven other people, including three minors, were sentenced to “long prison sentences”according to the ISNA agency.