A iranian court has sentenced a young couple of 21 and 22 years to ten and a half years in prison for posting on social media video dancing in Azadi Square – Freedom Square – in the center of Tehran. She was not wearing a veil.
Section 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court finds Amir Ahmadi and his partner, Astiaj Haghighi, guilty of the crimes of “promoting corruption” Y “conspiracy against national security and to spread propaganda” against the Islamic Republic, according to the Iranian news portal in exile IranWire.
The ruling, dated January 29, further prohibits the defendants from having Internet activity and leaving Iran for two years after they serve their sentences.
Women are prohibited from dancing in the street and the case is even more serious for the fact of doing it with a man, even if it is, as in this case, her fiancé.
The two were detained on November 1 by plainclothes officers who beat them and took them to Section 209 of the Intelligence Ministry, according to critical Iranian media. Neither of them had legal assistance during the trial., as is their right, and their request for bail was rejected. The families of both would have been pressured by the authorities so that they did not talk about the case.
More than 500 people have died and 18,000 have been detained in the latest wave of protestswhich began in September following the death of the Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini after being arrested for allegedly wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly. Twenty protesters have been sentenced to death since the start of the protests and four have already been executed.
Iranian authorities have executed 55 people so far this year, an NGO for the defense of human rights indicated on Friday, with the aim, according to her, of sowing “terror” in the country, shaken by the demonstrations.
the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Norway, said it confirmed at least 55 executions in the first 26 days of the year.
Four people were executed for reasons related to the protests, while the majority of those hanged (37 sentenced to death) were for drug-related offences, according to the same source.
According to IHR, at least 107 could be executed because of the demonstrations, having been sentenced to death or being accused of crimes that could cost them the death penalty.
“All executions [ordenadas] by the Islamic Republic are political”, since the main objective of the authorities is to sow “terror in society”, the organization stressed.
“To stop the killing machine of the state, no execution should be tolerated, whether for political reasons or not,” said IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.
(With information from EP and AFP)
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The US and the European Union condemned the execution of two protesters in Iran and demanded that the death sentences be annulled without delay