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Iran sentences protester to death

Iran’s judiciary sentenced a protester to death for setting fire to a government building.

A man holds up an Iranian flag during a vigil in support of protestors in Iran.

A man holds up an Iranian flag during a vigil in support of protesters in Iran and to mark 40 days since the death in Iran of Masha Amini, in Lafayette Square near the White House on Oct. 26, 2022, in Washington, DC. – Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Al-Monitor Staff

November 14, 2022

Iran’s judiciary has begun handing out sentences for those arrested in the ongoing protests that began mid-September. According to numerous sources, thousands of protesters have been arrested and the judiciary has sentenced one individual to death.

According to Tasnim News Agency, the sentences were handed out after judiciary chief Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei asked for a “firm” response to those arrested in what the authorities have called “riots.” The individual sentenced to death was charged with setting a government building on fire. The charges ranged from “corruption on earth” to “disrupting public order.” 

Others sentenced in the protests were charged with taking actions against national security and disrupting public order. The sentences ranged from five to 10 years in prison. The article said that the individuals’ names have not yet been released because they still have the opportunity to appeal the verdicts.   

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The protests began after a young woman was detained by the morality police for a loose hijab. She died in custody, which sparked anger not just at an unpopular law but against the entire government itself. A noticeable difference in the protests, according to many observers in Iran, is that police have refrained from apprehending women with no hijab at all. Many social media accounts show women casually walking around with their scarves around their shoulders in busy Tehran streets. Interestingly, the site has become so normal the other individuals on the street do not seem to care or even notice.  

Since the protests, over 300 individuals have been killed. A number of security personnel have been killed as well. Prosecutor General Mohammad Jaffar Montazeri met with the family of one of the individuals who had been killed in the protests. Arman Ali Vardi was 21 years old when two dozen individuals descended upon him and beat him to death. Iranian media described him as a “young cleric” and a “martyr defending security.” No other job description was offered. 

Montazeri said, “The riots that we have witnessed in the country lately, the command has been coming from the US and some Western countries.” He added that these countries have tricked some individuals into protesting and have paid off others to do so. He continued that according to their own media, these Western countries want the disintegration of Iran

According to Montazeri, approximately 40 individuals belonging to either the Basij, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or the police force have been killed. He said that Iran’s judiciary differentiates between those who want to protest and express criticism and those who want to riot and commit crimes. He said that Iran’s judiciary would work closely with the country’s intelligence and security agencies to make sure they are able to prosecute accurately

Montazeri said that these protests have not been widespread but “they have been heavy for us.”  

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