Iran’s regime sentenced three more to death in connection with protests over Mahsa Amini’s death

A woman attends a protest by members of the Iranian community residing in Turkey in support of Iranian women, after the death of Mahsa Amini, in Istanbul (REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya/File photo) (DILARA SENKAYA/)

The regime of Iran has sentenced others to death three peopleaccused of murdering three members of the security forces during protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Aminithe judiciary reported on Monday.

The Islamic republic has been rocked by civil unrest since the death, on 16 September, of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish-born Amini after her arrest for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.

The latest sentences, which can still be appealed, raise to 17 the total number of people sentenced to death in relation to the more than three months of protests.

Four of those convicted have been executed and others two are on death row after their sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court of the country.

Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi Y Saeed Yaghoubi were sentenced to death for “moharebeh”either “war against God” according to Iranian Islamic law, the news website reported Mizan Online.

In addition, all were found guilty of belonging to a “criminal group with the intent to disturb the security of the country”, a charge that carries a penalty of 10 years in prison.

Two others were sentenced to prison terms for the incident that led to the death of the three members of the security forces in the central province of Isfahan on November 16, according to Mizan.

One of them is the professional soccer player Amir Nasr-Azadani26 years old, sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison for three different charges, including collaborating in the “moharebeh”.

Iranian footballer Amir Nasr Azadani

However, under Iranian law, he would have to serve them simultaneously, which means he would be behind bars for 16 years.

The Nasr-Azadani case and the risk of his being sentenced to death had raised alarm abroadmainly from FIFPROthe global union of professional footballers.

Azadani has played for various clubs in Iran and during the 16-17 and 18-19 seasons he did so in the Sazi Tractora team for which the Spanish coach Paco Jémez has just signed.

All announced sentences can be appealed before the country’s Supreme Court, he said. Mizan.

Mizan posted videos of the court sessions, along with CCTV footage purporting to show the crimes committed and the defendants’ confessions.

Iranian authorities claim that hundreds of peopleincluding members of the security forces, have died and thousands have been arrested during the protests, which have generally been described as “riots”.

Tehran accuses hostile foreign countries and opposition groups of stoking the unrest.

On Saturday, Iran executed Mohammad Mehdi Karami Y Seyed Mohammed Hosseini for killing a member of paramilitary forces in November, in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Mohammad-Mehdi Karami speaks in court before being hanged, along with Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, for allegedly killing a member of the security forces (WANA/Reuters)
Mohammad-Mehdi Karami speaks in court before being executed by hanging, along with Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, for allegedly killing a member of the security forces (WANA/Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

two other men, Mohsen Shekari Y Majesty Rahnavardwere sentenced to death in December for other attacks against the security forces.

The executions have caused the global outrage and new Western sanctions against Tehran.

According to the human rights group International AmnestyBased in London, Iran is the second country after China to use the death penalty, with at least 314 people executed in 2021.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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