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Iran’s Supreme Court docket has revoked the loss of life sentence handed to 3 defendants who allegedly performed a task within the homicide of a safety officer however confirmed the loss of life penalty of two others within the case.

Amir Hashemi, the the Supreme Court docket’s public relations director, introduced on Twitter on January 3 that based mostly on the court docket’s resolution, the loss of life sentences for Hamid Qarahasanlou, Hossein Mohammadi and Reza Aria have been being revoked as a consequence of a flaw within the investigation.

Nonetheless, the court docket rejected appeals by Mohammad Mahdi Karmi and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, confirming their loss of life sentences stemming from the identical incident.

Authorities have accused 16 protesters of inflicting the loss of life of a member of the Basij paramilitary power throughout an anti-government demonstration. The entire accused deny the costs, saying they have been being focused for his or her half within the nationwide protests triggered by the loss of life in custody of Mahsa Amini.

5 of these accused have been handed loss of life sentences, whereas the opposite 11, together with three minors, got prolonged jail phrases.

The incident occurred on November 3 in Karaj, the capital of Alborz Province, when mourners have been paying tribute to slain protester Hadis Najafi at a cemetery to mark 40 days — the top of the official mourning interval — after she was killed through the protests.

Prosecutors say Ruhollah Ajamian, 27, was stripped bare and killed by a gaggle of mourners who had been paying tribute to Najafi.

Human rights organizations have condemned the loss of life sentences of protesters in Iran after what they’ve termed “sham trials” that have been held by way of three hearings over six days.

Amongst these sentenced to loss of life within the case was Qarahasanlou, a physician whose brother has mentioned officers severely tortured his sibling and sister-in-law whereas in custody.

The lawyer of Mohammad Hosseini, whose loss of life sentence has been confirmed by the Supreme Court docket, mentioned his consumer additionally was tortured till he confessed to enjoying an element within the homicide of a safety officer.

Ali Sharifzadeh Ardakani mentioned in a tweet on December 18 that in a gathering his consumer informed him he had been tied up and tortured by brokers to safe a confession.

“He was tortured along with his eyes closed and his fingers and ft tied. They kicked his head till he fainted and injured totally different components of his physique with an iron rod and an electroshock weapon,” Ardakani mentioned.

Earlier, the opposition activist collective 1500tasvir reported that Mohammad Mehdi Karami, the opposite accused within the case whose loss of life sentence has been confirmed, mentioned in a gathering along with his household that officers beat him so badly throughout his arrest that they left his physique on the street, considering he was useless. They realized he wasn’t simply as they have been leaving.

Because the loss of life of Amini whereas she was in police custody for allegedly sporting a head scarf improperly, Iranians have flooded streets throughout the nation to protest towards a scarcity of rights, with girls and schoolgirls making unprecedented exhibits of help within the largest menace to the Islamic authorities for the reason that 1979 revolution.

The activist HRANA information company mentioned that, as of January 2, at the very least 516 folks had been killed through the unrest, together with 70 minors, as safety forces attempt to stifle widespread dissent.

The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Group says the variety of executions in Iran exceeded 500 final yr.

Iran has already admitted to executing two males for crimes allegedly linked to the protests.

Written by Ardeshir Tayebi based mostly on an authentic story in Persian by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda

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