UK summons Iran chief diplomat over ‘abhorrent’ Mohsen Shekari execution | UK News

The UK has summoned Iran’s chief diplomat in London to protest the execution of Mohsen Shekari in the first known death sentence linked to recent anti-government protests.

The prisoner was executed on Thursday after being accused of injuring a security guard with a machete and blocking a street in Tehran.

Ahead of the execution, state media published a video of what it said was Shekari’s confession – in which he admitted to striking a member of the Basij militia with a knife and to blocking a road with his motorbike alongside one of his friends.

In the video, Shekari appeared with a bruise on his right cheek. Rights groups have said the protestor was tortured and forced to confess.

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has instructed the FCDO to summon Mehdi Hosseini Matin, the Iranian Chargé d’Affaires in Britain, over the “abhorrent” execution by the country’s regime.

“He is a tragic victim of a legal system in which disproportionate sentences, politically motivated…

Sky News

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