Iran Sentences 400 People To Up To 10 Years In Prison For Tehran Protests

Courts within the Iranian capital of Tehran and surrounding provinces jailed 400 individuals on Tuesday in reference to latest anti-government protests, The Guardian reported. Described as “rioters” in official rulings, the convicted demonstrators had been handed excessive sentences.

“One hundred and sixty people were sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison, 80 people to two to five years and 160 people to up to two years,” mentioned Tehran’s judiciary chief Ali Alghasi-Mehr, as quoted by the regional Mizan information company, per The Guardian.

One other 70 individuals had been fined, the BBC reported.

Nationwide protests erupted after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested on Sept. 13 for allegedly failing to correctly put on a hijab, died in custody. Witnesses mentioned she had been overwhelmed by officers, spurring outrage in opposition to the Islamic Republic’s spiritual legal guidelines, “morality police” and therapy of ladies.

Since then, 490 demonstrators, together with 68 youngsters and 62 safety personnel, have been killed, Human Rights Activists Information Company reported. Of the greater than 18,200 individuals arrested in relation to those protests, solely 3,780 have been publicly recognized.

Iranian officers mentioned in early November that 1,024 individuals in Tehran had been charged for anti-government protests. The detained had purportedly dedicated “acts of sabotage” together with “assaulting or martyring the guards” and “setting fire to public property,” officers mentioned.

The Iranian authorities has cracked down on civil unrest.

Tuesday’s sentences got here sooner or later after the federal government publicly hanged Majidreza Rahnavard, a 23-year-old convicted lower than two weeks in the past of “enmity against God” for allegedly stabbing two members of the pro-government Basij Resistance Force.

Final month, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court docket discovered 23-year-old Mohsen Shekari of the identical. He was executed final week.

Amnesty International advised the BBC that Rahnavard’s execution was “a tool of repression” to “spread fear” amongst potential protestors and that his trial was a sham. The group additionally mentioned it has since recognized a minimum of 20 different individuals at severe threat of impending execution.

Eleven of these individuals have already been sentenced to loss of life. Three have undergone trial and are both awaiting their loss of life sentences or already obtained them. The remaining six, together with 26-year-old Iranian soccer participant Amir Reza Nasr Azadani, are awaiting trial.

The worldwide soccer gamers’ union FIFPRO “is shocked and sickened by reports that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces execution in Iran after campaigning for women’s rights and basic freedom in his country,” the organization tweeted.

“We stand in solidarity with Amir and call for the immediate removal of his punishment,” the group added.