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Iran hangs 23-year-old protester after finding him guilty of

In what is the second execution linked to the recent anti-government protests in Iran, the Iranian government has publicly hanged a 23-year-old protester, Majidreza Rahnavard, after finding him guilty of “enmity against God”.

This marks the second execution in less than a week: Iran’s government publicly hanged a protester, the second, in less than a week on Monday, December 12.

TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) gathered that the protester was hanged early on Monday, December 12 in the city of Mashhad.

Rahnavard, who is also a wrestler, was hanged just 23 days after his arrest.

A court convicted him of “enmity against God” after finding he had stabbed to death two members of Iran’s paramilitary Basij Resistance Force.

The Basij is a volunteer force often deployed by Iranian authorities to suppress dissent.

Rahnavard was hanged in the presence of a group of Mashhadi citizens who posted several pre-dawn photographs reportedly showing the execution.

In footage shared on social media, a man could be seen hanging from the cable in front of onlookers.

A video broadcasted by the state’s TV after his arrest on 19 November, showed Rahnavard blindfolded and with his left arm in a cast.

In the footage, he said he did not deny attacking the Basij members, but did not remember the details, because he had not been in the right state of mind.

Human rights groups have warned that protesters are being sentenced to death after sham trials with no due process.

It was gathered that Rahnavard was denied a lawyer of his choice for his trial. The lawyer he was given did not put up a defence.

According to reports, his mother was not told of the execution until after his death. His family members were then given the name of a cemetery and a plot number. When the family turned up at the cemetery, security agents were burying his body.

Iranian opposition activist collective 1500tasvir said in a tweet that the family were telephoned by an official at 07:00 local time and said: “We have killed your son and buried his body in Behesht-e Reza cemetery.”

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Norway-based Iran Human Rights, said on Twitter that Rahnavard’s sentencing was based on “coerced confessions, after a grossly unfair process and a show trial”.

“This crime must be met with serious consequences for the Islamic Republic. There was a serious risk of mass execution of protesters,” he asserted.

Iran hangs 23-year-old protester after finding him guilty of

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