Iran imposes three new death sentences, strong international indignation

Iranian justice announced three new death sentences on Monday, 48 hours after the execution of two protesters, provoking a new strong wave of international indignation.

The three convicted protesters, like the two men executed on Saturday, were arrested during the protests sparked in mid-September in Iran by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, detained for violating the Republic’s strict dress code. Islamic.

The Iranian authorities qualify these protests as “riots” and assure that they are encouraged by countries and organizations hostile to Iran. They also claim that hundreds of people — including members of the security forces — have been killed and say they have arrested thousands of protesters.

According to Mizan Online, the body of the judiciary, Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Said Yaghoubi, accused of being involved in the death of three members of the security forces during demonstrations in the central province of Isfahan on November 16 2022, were sentenced to death at first instance.

They were found guilty of “moharebeh (war against God in Persian),” the agency said.

– “Steal life” –

On Saturday, Iran announced the execution of two men convicted of killing a paramilitary during the protests.

This double execution aroused strong disapproval in the world.

Denouncing the “brutal repression of courageous Iranian voices”, the Canadian government announced on Monday a new salvo of sanctions against Iranian organizations and officials accused of being accomplices of the regime.

“Stealing the lives of peaceful protesters is heinous,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told Washington, condemning “the Iranian government’s brutal repression against its own people.”

For his part, the head of British diplomacy, James Cleverly, announced that he had “summoned” the Iranian charge d’affaires on Monday to condemn “in the strongest terms the heinous executions we have witnessed this weekend”. “The Iranian regime must end its campaign of brutal repression and start listening to the concerns of its people.”

The Quai d’Orsay announced for its part that it would summon the Iranian charge d’affaires to Paris on Monday “to signify to him” its “strongest condemnation” of the executions and the current repression in Iran.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced on Monday that she had summoned the Iranian ambassador to Berlin “again” to protest against these executions, which “will not remain without consequences”.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry also summoned the Iranian ambassador to Oslo, saying it “strongly condemns” these acts.

A senior EU diplomat, Stefano Sannino, for his part called on the Iranian authorities to “immediately stop imposing and carrying out death sentences against demonstrators”, calling for “the recent death sentences to be quashed without delay”.

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, aged 22 and 39 according to NGOs. A wave of indignant reactions also followed.

Pope Francis has called for the abolition of capital punishment in Iran and the rest of the world which “only fuels the thirst for revenge”.

– “Treason”-

The new death sentences bring to 17 the number of people sentenced to death in connection with the protest in Iran, according to a count compiled by AFP from official announcements.

Among them, four were executed and two had their sentences confirmed by the Supreme Court. The others are awaiting new trials or may appeal.

At least 109 protesters currently in detention face charges that carry the death penalty, the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Monday.

In a tweet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Tehran to immediately stop “all executions”.

According to Amnesty International, Iran is the country that executes the most people sentenced to death outside of China.

For Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, “responsible institutions treat treason seriously and fairly”.

Detained in Tehran since the end of September, the daughter of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to five years in prison for inciting residents to demonstrate in the country, her lawyer told AFP on Monday.

In Iran, the demonstrators brandish as main slogan “Woman, life, freedom” as well as other slogans hostile to the regime.

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