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Iran: Three more death sentences linked to protests


As people in Iran try to prevent the impending execution of demonstrators, a court has handed down further harsh sentences against opposition figures.

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In connection with the protests that have been going on in the country for months, an Iranian court has imposed three more death sentences.

Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kasemi and Sajed Jaghubi have been found guilty of involvement in the deaths of three security forces during a demonstration in Isfahan province on November 16, the Iranian judicial authorities' news website Misan said.

According to Misan, they were sentenced to death in the first instance for “war against God”.

Two other defendants received prison sentences, including 26-year-old footballer Amir Nasr-Asadani.

He was sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison.

According to Misan, all judgments can still be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Since the protests began almost four months ago, the Iranian judiciary has imposed 17 death sentences, four of which have already been carried out, two of them on Saturday.

Two other sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court, with the remaining convicts awaiting further trial or appeals.

The executions caused international shock and outrage.

The West responded with further sanctions against Tehran.

The trigger for the anti-government protests was the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16 after she was arrested by the vice squad for violating the strict Islamic dress code.

Since then, hundreds of people have been killed in the protests and thousands more arrested.

protests against executions

According to activists, there are also numerous demonstrations against the impending execution of two young demonstrators.

Prominent activists and users on social media reported crowds of people gathered in front of a prison near the capital Tehran on Monday night.

Relatives also rushed to the notorious Gohardasht prison in Karaj to demonstrate against the planned execution of the two convicts Mohammed G. and Mohammed B.

Users had previously reported in online media that their execution was imminent.

According to research by the New York Times, Mohammed G. is 19 years old.

He was arrested in Karaj.

The Iranian judiciary had sentenced him to death for allegedly setting fire to a government building and injuring a security officer.

Mohammed B. (22) is a hairdresser and was arrested in Tehran shortly after the protests broke out at the end of September.

He is accused of running over a police officer.

The Iranian leadership had already hanged two young men on Saturday.

Mohammed-Mehdi K., 22, and Sejed-Mohammed H., 39, have been blamed for the death of a security guard during protests in November.

In December, two men were sentenced to death in connection with the demonstrations critical of the system.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-09

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