Iran Executes First Person that was Arrested in Connection to Protesting

Iran has carried out its first execution of a person that was arrested for taking part in the ongoing nationwide anti-government protests following the death of Mahsa Amini.

According to Mizan news agency, which is run by Iran’s Judiciary, Mohsen Shekari was accused of wounding an IRGC-affiliated Basij militia member with a machete during protests on September 25. On November 1, he was convicted of  “waging war against God” and was ultimately hanged on Thursday after his appeal was rejected.

Human rights groups have condemned the trial, saying Shekari was forced to make false confessions, denied a lawyer, and did not receive due process in court.