The hanging drew international condemnation. EU foreign ministers are set to discuss the situation in Iran on Monday. They are expected to authorize more sanctions on Tehran for human rights violations.
Will there be more executions?
Iran has seen mass anti-regime protests since the death of a young Kurdish woman, the 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini, in the custody of “morality police,” who had arrested her for allegedly not wearing the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, appropriately.
The demonstrations have proven to be one of the biggest challenges the Islamic Republic has faced since the 1979 revolution that ousted the Shah and brought Ayatollah Khomeini — and his successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — to power.
Authorities blame the protests on foreign interference and have carried out a violent crackdown — yet, they have struggled to put an end to the demonstrations.
Rights groups say almost 500 people have died in clashes with security forces, while about 18,000 protesters have been arrested so far. At least 11 of them have been convicted of “war against God.”