The Iranian regime executed political prisoner Mostafa Salehi at dawn on August 5, 2020, in central Iran. Mostafa Salehi was detained during protests in Isfahan two years ago.
The 30-year-old man was charged with killing a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps during a wave of protests in 2018.
Fars state-run News Agency announced the execution and claimed that Mostafa was “one of the main elements” behind the December 2017-January 2018 protests in Kahrizsang in Isfahan’s Najaf Abad area.
Mostafa Salehi was detained in January 2018 during protests in Kahrizsang and was transferred to Isfahan’s Dastgerd Prison after interrogations.
He was tried in the 1st Branch of the Isfahan Penal Court and was charged with killing Sajad Shah Sanaie, an IRGC agent, and beating and injuring six other people.
According to a person close to Mostafa, he was initially cleared of the charges brought against him in court and was told he would be released but the case was reopened upon pressure from the IRGC Intelligence Department.
The unidentified person said that Mostafa was innocent.
Mostafa Salehi also maintained his innocence until his execution.
“Bring witnesses or at least check security cameras,” he had told the court.
Mostafa Salehi was tortured during his detention.
A source close to Mostafa Salehi’s family said his hand and both legs had been broken during interrogations. Agents also used needles to puncture under his nails.
“The tortures were so severe that his neck and spinal cord became injured. They tortured him to confess but he never did,” the source said.
According to the source, Mostafa’s family were told to stay silent and that “it would be bad for Mostafa” if they talked to anyone about his plight.
“His family stayed silent, but in the end they still executed him,” the source added.
Mostafa was the father of a 6 year old boy and a 4 year old girl.