Demonstrations in Iran: For the first time, a court has sentenced a citizen to death for taking part in the protests

Demonstrations in Iran: For the first time, a court has sentenced a citizen to death for taking part in the protests
Demonstrations in Iran: For the first time, a court has sentenced a citizen to death for taking part in the protests

Demonstrations in Iran: For the first time, a court has sentenced a citizen to death for taking part in the protests

  • David Gretten
  • BBC

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Iran’s leaders have described the anti-government protests as “riots” instigated by the country’s enemies abroad

Iranian state media said a court in Tehran had handed down the first death sentence to a person arrested for taking part in the protests that were sweeping the country.

A revolutionary court based its judgment on the fact that the unnamed defendant burned down a state facility and was convicted of “enmity against God”.

Another court sentenced five people to between 5 and 10 years’ imprisonment on charges of national security and public order.

A human rights organization warned that the Iranian authorities could plan “hasty executions”.

The Norway-based Iranian human rights organization said, citing official reports, that about 20 people are currently facing death penalty charges.

The organization’s director, Mahmoud Amiri Moghadam, called on the international community to take urgent action and “strongly warn the Islamic Republic of the consequences of the execution of protesters.”

Protests against the religious establishment in Iran erupted two months ago after a young woman died in vice squad custody for breaking strict rules about wearing a headscarf.

The protests reportedly spread to 140 cities and towns, evolving into a situation that has been a major challenge for the Islamic Republic for more than a decade.

According to the Iranian human rights organization, around 326 demonstrators, including 43 children and 25 women, were killed in a violent crackdown by the security forces.

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Since Mahsa Amini’s death, protests have spread rapidly across the country

The out-of-country Human Rights Activists News Agency put the death toll at 339, adding that 15,300 protesters were arrested, in addition to the killing of 39 members of the security forces.

Iran’s leaders have described the protests as “riots” instigated by the country’s enemies abroad.

And Gholamhossein Mohseni Eje, the head of the judiciary, announced last week that the “principal perpetrators” must be identified and dissuasive penalties imposed as soon as possible.

He warned that “rioters” could be charged with “enmity against God,” “corruption on earth,” and “prostitution,” all of which could carry the death penalty under Sharia-based court decisions in Iran.

He said those who possess a gun or any of the firearms or who obstruct national security or kill a person deserve “retribution” in response to a call from 272 out of 290 MPs in Iran’s parliament to implement retaliatory justice.

According to the judiciary, more than 2,000 people have already been charged with involvement in the “recent riots”.

On Sunday, local media quoted judicial officials as saying that 164 people in southern Hormozgan province, 276 others in central Markazi province and 316 in neighboring Isfahan province had been charged.


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