A political prisoner is facing imminent execution in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad amid a surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.
"Political prisoner Mohammad Javad Vafaie, currently held in Vakil Abad Prison, Mashhad, is facing the threat of being executed," the HRANA human rights website reported on January 31.
Vafaie, a 28-year-old boxing coach, was apprehended by security forces in Mashhad in March 2020.
In December 2021, his lawyer disclosed that he had been found guilty of "corruption on Earth” for allegedly committing arson and intentionally destroying public property.
The Supreme Court later overturned Vafaie’s death sentence and ordered a retrial.
Another court again handed down a death sentence to the defendant.