Iran: Three more protesters sentenced to death

Repression continues in Iran. Two days after the execution of two demonstrators, Iranian justice announced on Monday 9 January, three new death sentences. Like the two men executed on Saturday, these three demonstrators convicted at first instance were arrested as part of the protest movement sparked in Iran by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old student. years.

According to the judiciary agency Mizan Online, Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saïd Yaghoubi are accused of being involved in the deaths of three members of the security forces during demonstrations in the central province of Isfahan, on 16 November 2022. They were found guilty of moharebeh (“war against God” in Persian), the agency said.

During the same trial, two other people were sentenced to prison terms. Among them, footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani, 26 years, who plays in a local club, was sentenced to 26 cumulative years in prison. But according to the law, he should serve the longest of the sentences, which is 16 years.

More than 100 protesters face the death penalty

These new death sentences bring to 17 the number of people sentenced to death in connection with the protest, according to a count established by AFP. Among them, four were executed and two had their sentences upheld by the Supreme Court. The others await new trials or may appeal.

According to Amnesty International, Iran is the country that executes the most people sentenced to death outside of China. At least 109 protesters currently in detention face charges carrying the death penalty, the group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Monday.

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The announcement on Saturday of the execution of two men, aged 22 and 39 years, sparked international outrage. In Paris, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it would summon the Iranian charge d’affaires to Paris on Monday. “to tell him” her “stronger condemnation” executions and the current repression in Iran. For her part, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced on Monday that she had convened “again” the Iranian ambassador in Berlin to protest against these executions, which “will not remain without consequence”. Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands had also announced that they would summon Iranian ambassadors in response to the death by hanging of the two men.

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