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3 More People Face Death Penalty In Iran Over Anti-Hijab Protests

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Anti-Hijab Protests

Anti-Hijab Protests

Iran has sentenced to death three people charged with killing three members of the security forces during the demonstrations activated by the end of Mahsa Amini, the judiciary said Monday. The Islamic Republic has been rocked by civil restlessness since the September 16 death of Kurdish Iranian Amini, 22, following her arrest for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women. The latest sentences, which can still be appealed, bring 17 people convicted to death in connection with the more than three months of demonstrations.

Four of those convicted have been executed, and two others are on death row after the country’s supreme court upheld their sentences. Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi, and Saeed Yaghoubi were sentenced to death on charges of “moharebeh” or waging “war against God” the judiciary’s Mizan Online news website reported. Mizan said that two others were handed prison terms for the incident that led to the deaths of three security force members in the central province of Isfahan on November 16. All the sentences can be appealed before the supreme court, it added. On Saturday, Iran conducted Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini for killing a paramilitary force member in November in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Two other men, Mohsen Shekari and Majidreza Rahnavard were put to death in December after being condemned for separate invasions on security forces. The performances have flashed global outrage and new Western sanctions against Tehran.

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