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Over 100 Detainees Face Death Penalty Amid Iranian Protests

By    |   Wednesday, 28 December 2022 05:13 PM EST

More than 100 people have been sentenced to death or charged with capital offenses in connection to the protests in Iran, a civil rights group says.

According to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights, five women were among those to be executed.

Families were pressured to keep mum, so the number of protesters facing the death penalty could even be higher.

Just this month, two men were executed after what activists regard as sham trials.

Mohsen Shekari and Majdreza Rahnavard, both 23, were found guilty by the Revolutionary Courts of a national security charge: "enmity against God."

Protests have engulfed the country's clerical establishment for about 100 days now.

They erupted after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died in custody after being detained by morality police in Tehran on Sept. 13 for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly.

Authorities have painted the protests as foreign-backed "riots." At least 476 protests have been killed, including 34 women and 64 children, according to IHR.

A report published by IHR on Tuesday identified 100 individuals whose sentences or indictments have been announced.

Defendants had been "deprived of the right to access their own lawyer, due process and fair trials," it said.

"In cases where they have managed to make contact, or details of their cases [have been] reported by cellmates and human rights defenders, all have been subjected to physical and mental torture to force false self-incriminating confessions."

Mohammad Ghobadlou, 22, had his death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court on Saturday. He was convicted of "enmity against God" after allegedly driving into a group of police in Tehran and killing one.

Amnesty International has stated it is worried that Mohammad, among many other prisoners, was subjected to torture or ill treatment in custody, citing a forensic report that indicated bruising and other injuries. The 22-year-old was said by his mother to suffer from bipolar disorder and was not afforded a fair chance with his hurried trial.

Among the five women facing charges, including the death penalty, is Mojgan Kavousi, a Kurdish language teacher and human rights defender whom IHR said had been charged with "corruption on Earth."

A prosecutor accused Kavousi of "provoking people to depravity by publishing posts on social media" at the start of her trial last week in Sari.

"By issuing death sentences and executing some of them, [the authorities] want to make people go home," IHR director Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam told the AFP news agency.

"It has some effect," he said, but added that "what we've observed in general is more anger against the authorities."

A report from the U.K. said on Tuesday authorities were looking for information from Iranian authorities over the reports that the Revolutionary Guards had arrested seven British-Iranian dual nationals over their alleged involvement.

"We have always said that we will never accept our nationals being used for diplomatic leverage," a Downing Street spokesman said.

Authorities in France say they were investigating as a suicide the death of an Iranian man found in the River Rhone in Lyon late on Monday. Mohammad Moradi, 38, announced his suicide on social media to draw attention to the crackdown in Iran.

In protest of the movement, Iranian chess player Sara Khadem played in a tournament without a hijab for the second day. Iran mandates women abide by its dress code when officially representing the country.

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Over 100 people have been sentenced to death or charged with capital offenses in connection to the protests in Iran, a civil rights group says.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2022 05:13 PM
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