The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Mohammed B. He is accused of “waging war against God”. Two protesters have already been executed.
In Iran, the Supreme Court upheld another death sentence against a protester in connection with the protests. As reported by the Misan justice portal, young Mohammed B. was convicted of allegedly wounding security forces with a weapon. According to Islamic legal opinion in Iran, the charge was “waging war against God”, which is punishable by death.
Human rights activists have repeatedly criticized the fast-track negotiations as “fake judgments”. After confirmation by the Supreme Court, the sentences can no longer be appealed.
More than 20 people on death list
So far, two protesters have been executed in Iran for involvement in protests. According to Iranian media reports, more than 20 other protesters are on the judiciary’s death list. According to human rights groups, more than 500 protesters were killed during the protests. The violent crackdown on demonstrators and, in particular, the two executions were condemned at home and abroad.
Over the weekend, security forces in the northwestern Kurdish town of Jawanrud used violence again against a memorial service for protesters who were killed. While street protests in other parts of the country have subsided recently, Iranians have reported an “ominous calm” and growing hopelessness in the face of violent government action and the economic situation. The head scarf requirement is also to be followed more strictly again, including through video surveillance.
The trigger for nationwide protests in Iran was the death of Jina Mahsa Amini on 16 September 2022 in police custody. The Iranian Kurd was arrested by the so-called moral police for violating Iran’s Islamic dress code. Since then, there have been repeated protests against the government’s repressive course and the Islamic system of government.