Iran, first death sentence for protests

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The sentence is for having “set fire to a government building, for disturbing public order, a plot aimed at committing a crime against national security” also for having spread corruption and moral decline and being “Enemy of God”. This is the reason for the death sentence, the first in Iran for one of the people involved in the demonstrations against the government following the death of Mahsa Aminiguilty of not wearing the veil correctly.

A court in Tehran handed down the sentence on Sunday. The press release from the agency Mizan it does not specify the identity of the sentenced person and it does not say whether it is a man or a woman. However, this is the first sign of also judicial repression, not just the police for the demonstrations that have been going on in Iran for two months. A different court sentenced, in first instance, 5 other people to sentences ranging from 5 to 10 years for “gathering and conspiracy to commit crimes against national security and disturbing public order”.

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The Iranian government has already indicted around 800 people for involvement in what they call the “Recent riots” in the southern province of Hormozgan and in the central provinces of Esfahan and Markazi. Mizan always reports it, the agency of the judicial authority and local agencies. In total, since the beginning of the protests, over 2 thousand people have been indicted and almost half are in Tehran. The charges are varied: “instigation to murder”, “propaganda against the regime”, “damage to public property” and “injury to a public official”. According to civil rights organizations, however, the people arrested during the protests are about 15 thousand.

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union should decide today new sanctions against Iran. He announced it Josep Borrell, EU representative for foreign policy. The sanctions would be against those responsible for the repression of demonstrators in Iran.

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