Iran protests: the court issues the first death sentence against a protester


An Iranian court has issued its first death sentence linked to the recent protests, convicting an unnamed person of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on earth,” state media reports.

This comes after weeks of nationwide demonstrations, which erupted after the killing of Mahsa Amini in September.

Iran’s Revolutionary Court has handed down the sentence to a protester who allegedly set fire to a government building, state media reported.

They were found guilty of “disrupting public order, peace and society, collusion to commit a crime against national security, war, corruption on land, and war through arson and willful destruction,” according to the official IRNA news agency on Sunday.

Five others who participated in the protests were sentenced to five to ten years in prison, accused of “collusion to commit a crime against national security and disturb public security and order”.

The agency added that these decisions are preliminary and can be appealed. The news agency did not name the protester who was sentenced to death, nor provide details of when and where they committed the alleged crime.

Iran has been rocked by anti-regime protests since September in the biggest opposition demonstration in recent years, sparked by anger over the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman who had been detained by the morality police for allegedly not being present. Wear it properly.

Iranian authorities have since launched a brutal crackdown on the protesters, accusing at least 1,000 people in Tehran province of their alleged involvement.

Security forces have killed at least 326 people since the protests began two months ago, according to the Norway-based Iranian human rights NGO.

That number includes 43 children and 25 women, the group said in an update on its death toll on Saturday, saying the published number represented an “absolute minimum”.

CNN cannot independently verify the number as non-state media, internet and protest movements have been suppressed in Iran. The death toll varies, according to opposition groups, international human rights organizations, and journalists who follow the ongoing protests.

Despite the threat of arrests – and harsher penalties for those involved – Iranian celebrities and athletes have come forward to support anti-government protests in recent weeks.

On Friday, the UN experts urged Iranian authorities to “stop charging people with capital offenses for participating, or alleged participation, in peaceful demonstrations” and “to stop using the death penalty as a tool to crush protests”.

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