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PARIS (AFP) : Iran on Sunday executed a political prisoner because authorities thought he was behind recent unrest in a Tehran prison, an exiled opposition group said.
Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was convicted of “waging war against God” (moharebeh) by helping the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and then hanged, state media reported.
The PMOI said Khosravi Savadjani had been executed on suspicion of being the alleged mastermind of an April 17 prisoners’ revolt at an infamous Tehran prison.
“Khosravi Savadjani’s execution is a reprisal targeting prisoners of Section 350 of Evin jail where he was placed and aimed at those who continue to resist the fascist religious regime from inside the prison walls,” it said in a statement in French.
It said Iranian authorities “consider Khosravi Savadjani to be the main instigator of the protests and the revolt of political prisoners of Section 350 on April 17,” it said.
According to opposition websites, several inmates at the notorious Section 350 of Evin, located in northern Tehran, were beaten after scuffles broke out at a cell block, with some of them seriously hurt.