Iran's Supreme Court upholds death sentences for two people

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Iran’s Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentences of Two People

Riot police officers ride a motorbike on a street in Tehran.

Iran's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences of two people and ordered a new trial for three others in the case of the murder of a militiaman during protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.

Protests in Iran erupted after the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd who died following her arrest by vice squad for violating the Islamic Republic's strict dress code, including the wearing of the headscarf. public for women.

Authorities say hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, were killed in what they say were riots , and thousands were arrested.

Five people had been sentenced to death at first instance for the murder during demonstrations on November 3 in Karaj, west of Tehran, of a member of the Bassidji militia, linked to the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of Iran.

After review, the Supreme Court upheld the sentences of convicts Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, according to a court statement tuesday.

Those of Hamid Ghare-Hasanlou, Hossein Mohammadi and Reza Aria were quashed for procedural flaws and a new trial was ordered.

Eleven other defendants in the same case were sentenced to long prison terms, but will eventually face a new trial after flaws in the investigation were found, according to the text.

Amnesty International had said Hamid Ghare-Hasanlou, a doctor, and his wife Farzaneh were on their way to the funeral of a person killed during the protests when they were caught in the the chaos of the attack on the militiaman.

Separately, an Iranian, Mehdi Mohammadifard, was sentenced to death at first instance for corruption on earth and Moharebeh (war against God), after being found guilty of causing a fire, destroying public property and conspiring against the security of the country, according to Mizan Online, the information site of the judiciary.

This verdict may be subject to x27;an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Human rights groups outside Iran said Mehdi Mohammadifard was 18 and had been convicted of burned down a traffic police kiosk in Nowshahr during the protests.

Court sentenced a total of 13 people to death in connection with the protests: two executed, four confirmed by the Supreme Court, those of Mohammad Boroghani and Mohammad Ghobadlou in addition to those of Karami and Hosseini, and six are awaiting their new trial waters. The 13th, Mr. Mohammadifard, can appeal to the Supreme Court.

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