Who were the executioners of Majidreza Rahnavard in Mashhad?
According to Mizan, the official news agency of the judicial branch, Rahnavard was charged on November 24, 2022, and faced the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mashhad on November 29, 2022. He was indicted on a charge of moharebeh (a Farsi word translating to “waging war against God”. Human rights activists alleged that Rahnavard showed signs of having been tortured and that he was not given access to any lawyer during his trial. He allegedly had a broken arm wrapped in a cast of heavy bandages. Activists and human rights organizations accused Iranian officials of forcing political prisoners like Rahnavard to film staged confessions; after Rahnavard’s execution, officials aired heavily edited footage of him in the courtroom confessing to the murders and stating that he hated the Basij militiamen for beating and killing other protesters in clips he saw on social media. Mizan also published edited footage of Rahnavard in the courtroom saying that he made a mistake, disavowing the beliefs that led to the alleged crime, and asking to be punished as soon as possible.