The execution of #Mohsen_Shakari and the issuing of death sentences for some protestors have caused widespread reactions inside and outside of Iran(Iran’s execution). In the middle of the protests, some figures from the Qom seminary also opposed the execution of the protestors for the crime of “warfare”.
Iran’s execution: First execution
Iran on Thursday (8 Dec. 2022) executed for the first time a man sentenced to death for his involvement in the protest movement, sparking an outcry abroad and warnings from NGOs of further imminent hangings.
The Islamic Republic regime in Iran is the scene of protests triggered by the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died three days after her arrest by the morality police. The police accused her of violating the strict dress code requiring women to wear a veil in public.
Mohsen Shekari, a rioter who blocked Sattar Khan Boulevard on September 25 and stabbed a Bassidj with a machete, was executed in Tehran,” announced the judiciary’s organ, Mizan Online. The Basij militia is linked to the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s ideological army.
The NGO Amnesty International said it was “horrified” by the execution and denounced it as an “unjust show trial.” “His execution exposes the inhumanity of Iran’s so-called judicial system while dozens of others face the same fate.
Iran’s execution: Second execution
According to the verdict of the Iranian judiciary, the second execution(12 Dec) related to the recent protests in this country was carried out and Majid Reza Rahnavard, one of the protesters who was accused of murdering two Basij members in Mashhad, was hanged.
According to Mizan news agency, Majid Reza Rahnavard is in public in Mashhad. was hung
The Judiciary charged Majid Reza Rahnavard with an “attack with a cold weapon” on Basiji forces in Mashhad’s Haraami street during the recent protests.
Only 5 days after issuing the indictment, the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad tried Majid Reza Rahnavard and sentenced him to death without allowing access to his chosen lawyer.
His name was Majidreza Rahnavard, he was 23 years old. He was arrested on November 19 in Mashhad, in the north of Iran, and hanged early in the morning on Monday. His death was confirmed a few hours later by the judicial authority of the country. This is the second execution linked to the protests that have been shaking the country for three months.
According to surveillance camera recordings used by the authorities, the young man killed two members of the “Basij”, the Islamist militia, and injured four others with knives. A crime that he would have confessed during his interrogation, according to the Iranian government spokesman.
Iran’s execution: Future executions
According to Iranian officials, 11 people who were arrested during these protests have been sentenced to death.
According to Iran’s Penal Code, crimes such as “disturbance of public order, wickedness and war against the system and war against God” are punishable by death.
These executions caused many reactions from the country and international organizations.
Global reactions: “Horror, anger and amazement”
British Foreign Minister James Cleverly called the news of the execution of the first protester of the recent protests in Iran “sad” and said that he was “angry” to hear this news.
He tweeted: “I am outraged by the sad news of the first execution of a protester in Iran.” The world cannot turn a blind eye to the disgusting violence that the Iranian regime is using against its own people.”
Mr. Cleverly stressed that “Britain opposes the death penalty under any circumstances.”
In a tweet, German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock called the Iranian government’s behavior “inhumane” and emphasized that the threat of execution “will not stifle the Iranian people’s cry for freedom.”
He wrote in a tweet that the “inhumanity” of the behavior of the Iranian regime “knows no boundaries.”
He wrote: “Mohsen Shekari was convicted and executed for opposing the regime in a summary and fraudulent procedure. But the threat of execution will not silence the people’s cry for freedom.”
The Austrian government was one of the first countries to react to the execution of this protester in Iran.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria called Mohsen Shekari’s execution “disproportionate and inhumane” and strongly condemned it.
Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted: “We consider Mohsen Shekari’s execution today disproportionate and inhumane and strongly condemn it. “Austria reiterates its clear opposition to the death penalty and we ask the Iranian government to stop the execution of all other death sentences issued in connection with the recent protests.”
Norway’s Foreign Minister Aniken Heitfeldech also tweeted: “Norway condemns the Iranian government’s action to execute one of those who was arrested during the demonstration.”
Ms. Heitfeldach also requested Iran to stop using the death penalty and end the repression of protesters who are “seeking their fundamental rights”.
He wrote: “Norway is against any death penalty.”
Javed Rahman, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said in a tweet that he was shocked, shocked and outraged to hear the news of the execution of Mohsen Shekari this morning. He further asked the Iranian authorities to immediately stop using the death penalty as a weapon against the protesters and stop all death sentences. Earlier, he expressed concern about the suppression of protests in Iran and said that the authorities of the Islamic Republic launched a “campaign” to issue death sentences to protesters.