Retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Colonel Mohammad Mehrdadi, from Mehran in Ilam Province, was shot dead by a senior IRGC commander’s guard on 5 September while protesting outside the IRGC command headquarters in Tehran.

An informed source who spoke to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said: “Mohammad Mehrdadi had financial problems and unpaid wages from the IRGC, which led him to travel from Ilam to Tehran to protest in front of the IRGC command headquarters. On Tuesday 5 September, while standing outside the organisation’s office with a bottle of gasoline, apparently intending to set himself on fire, he ran towards one of the senior commanders as he was leaving the building and was shot by one of the guards”

According to the source, Mehrdadi’s body was handed over to his family four days later, on 9 September.

Several local IRGC officials in Mehran attended Mehrdadi’s burial ceremony and described him as a “martyr”.

Mehrdadi was a retired IRGC colonel and a disabled veteran of the Iran-Iraq war.