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Iran Has Executed This 23-Year-Old Man Who Had A Mental Illness For Taking Part In The Mahsa Amini Protests

Mohammad Ghobadlou, who has bipolar, was arrested for allegedly running over a police officer with his car during the protests that broke out following the death of Mahsa Amini.

Iran has executed this 23-year-old man who had a mental illness for taking part in the Mahsa Amini protests.

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Mohammad Ghobadlou was arrested in September 2022 for allegedly running over a police officer with his car during the protests that broke out following the death of Amini.

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His mother said that his actions had been affected by his bipolar disorder, not taking his medication and the overall situation in Iran at the time.

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She said he lost control and wasn’t able to make the right decision as he was not feeling himself during the incident.

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Amnesty International [said that Iranian authorities had tortured Ghobadlou and not given his bipolar medication to force him to “confess”.

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The rights group said that he was also denied access to a lawyer during what it said was an “unfair, sham trial”.

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Ghobadlou was found guilty of murder and “corruption on Earth” and executed on Tuesday Jan. 23.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY- DECEMBER 24: Protestors take part in an anti-Iran demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Cemal Yurttas/ dia images via Getty Images)

State media reported that the Supreme Court had upheld his sentence after a psychological examination.

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A demonstrator holds a scarf like a noose around her neck during a One Law for All dance protest at Piccadilly Circus. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Ghobadlou is the ninth person to be executed in relation to the protests, when security forces violently cracked down on protesters.

Four other people have also been sentenced to death and 15 are at risk of being handed the death penalty, according to the BBC.

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Placards reading ‘No More Execution’ is seen as hundreds of people march to Lonsdale Ave. during ‘Justice Prevails’ rally. (Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Iran has used the war in Gaza as a cover to execute more than 100 people since Oct. 7.

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