Unabated protests in Iran have been sparked by the murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, while she was in the care of the nation’s morality police.
Numerous arrests have been made since the disturbance started in late September. There have been at least 11 executions so far, and many others have either been charged in court or are still being tried.
According to information provided by the prosecutor’s office, Mohammad Qabadlo was charged with “corruption on earth” by a special Revolutionary Court in the Iranian capital of Tehran on October 29. The court was presided over by Justice Abolqasem Salavati.
Five individuals were given death sentences in Tehran less than a month after the Qabadlo trial, according to a report on Nov. 20 by the judiciary-affiliated Mizan News Agency.
The organisation said that a sixth person received the death penalty that day.
This individual, whose identity has been hidden, was detained during demonstrations in Tehran’s Sattar Khan area and found guilty of “moharebeh,” which is translated as “waging war against God.”
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Majidreza Rahnavard, another protester who had been detained, was given the same punishment on November 29 by a Mashhad Revolutionary Court presided over by Justice Hadi Mansouri.
The Supreme Court’s confirmation of the death penalty for four Iranian citizens who were detained in June on suspicion of collaborating with Israel was publicised by legal authorities the very next day.
On charges of “intelligence cooperation” with Israel and “kidnappings,” Hossein Ordukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmoudabad, Milad Ashrafi Atbatan, and Manouchehr Shahbandi Bejandi received death sentences.
In addition to the recent round of executions, Iran has also carried out killings during the current unrest.
At least seven Baloch men were put to death in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan’s southeast on November 28, according to the rights organisation Baloch Activists Campaign.
Abdullah Salah Zahi, Jama Omarzahi, Naser Omarzahi, and Anoushirvan, whose family name is still unknown, were named as four of them by the group. The remaining three’s identities remain unknown.
Opponents have linked their killings to the anti-government rallies and view them as a form of “intimidation” despite reports from Iranian government-affiliated media that several of them were found guilty of drug trafficking and murder.
Additionally, there are allegations that several death sentences have allegedly been handed down recently in Sistan and Baluchistan, raising more worries among human rights organisations.
The growing suppression of rallies and what the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, called a “new campaign” of executions of Iranian dissidents have both been denounced.
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