Iran Issues First Death Sentence Related to Anti-Government Protests
Iran on Sunday, November 13, issued its first death sentence linked to participation in “riots,” amid nationwide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, the judiciary’s website said.
The accused was sentenced in a Tehran court to death for the crime of “setting fire to a government building, disturbing public order, assembly and conspiracy to commit a crime against national security, and an enemy of God and corruption on earth,” one of the most serious offenses under Iranian law.
Another court in Tehran sentenced five others to prison terms of between 5 to 10 years for “gathering and conspiring to commit crimes against national security and disturbing public order.” All those convicted can appeal their sentence, the website added.
Dozens of people, mainly demonstrators but also security personnel, have been killed during the protests, which the authorities have branded as “riots.”
Earlier on Sunday, the judiciary said it had charged more than 750 people in three provinces for involvement in such incidents. More than 2,000 people had already been charged, nearly half of them in the capital Tehran, since the demonstrations began in mid-September, according to judiciary figures. Judicial chief for the southern province of Hormozgan, Mojtaba Ghahremani, said 164 people had been charged “after the recent riots”. (TOI / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you protect Iranian citizens who have been protesting during the previous months for their right to be respected by all, and that they do not face the wrath of the authoritarian regime.”
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