Iran yesterday executed a Kurdish man viewed as a political prisoner by activists for membership of an outlawed group, rights groups said.
Mohayyedin Ebrahimi was hanged at dawn at Urmia prison in northwestern Iran, the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) and Hengaw rights groups said in separate statements.
Five other men were also executed on drug-related charges at Urmia yesterday morning, the groups added.
Ebrahimi, arrested in 2017 and sentenced to death in 2018, was accused of involvement in the Kurdish Democratic Party, a banned group which has waged an armed struggle for self-determination of Iran’s Kurdish populated region.
Ebrahimi denied the charges, with rights groups saying that he had only been working as a porter carrying goods from Iraq.
Both IHR and Hengaw described him as a “political prisoner”.
IHR said a protest took place outside the doors of Urmia prison late on Thursday after it became apparent his execution could be imminent, and his son was arrested.
Hengaw said Ebrahimi’s family was initially told he was moving to another prison after the sentence was suspended, only to be called to collect the body.