Iran executes man for killing Guard in 2017-18 protests

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran yesterday executed a man convicted of killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards during deadly protests in 2017-18, the judiciary’s news website reported.

“Mostafa Salehi, who had murdered martyr Guard Sajad Shahsanayi with a bullet during the riots of (December 2017-January 2018), was executed this morning upon the request of the victim’s family,” Mizan Online said.

The report said Salehi had shot at security forces using a “hunting rifle”, killing Shahsanayi and wounding six others.

The protests erupted mainly over economic grievances in December 2017 with a few hundred demonstrators in Iran’s second city Mashhad and several towns.

Larger-scale protests flared in other cities including Tehran in the days that followed, with authorities blocking access to online messaging services that were instrumental in organising the demonstrations.

Ali Rabiei, the current government spokesman who was then labour minister, said later that the unrest had spread to 160 cities across Iran.

At least 21 people died during the violence, according to authorities.