In Response to Protests, Iran Imposes Its First Death Sentence

Iran Imposes Its First Death Sentence: As part of the crackdown on unrest caused by Mahsa Amini’s death, an unnamed individual is on death row.
On Monday, protesters in Tehran burned a police motorcycle in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the country’s so-called “morality police” before she could be pronounced dead.

Iran Handles Its Initial Cases Involving the Death Penalty

The demonstrations that have rattled Iran’s religious government have resulted in the country’s first death sentence, and a rights group has warned that more convicted might be “hastily” killed.

In response to the almost two months of protests that followed Mahsa Amini’s murder, authorities launched a crackdown that has resulted in the imprisonment of thousands. Some have been accused of crimes that carry the capital sentence in a country that, according to Amnesty International, kills more people each year than any other country in the world, second only to China.

According to Mizan Online, a judicial website in Iran, the anonymous defendant was sentenced to death on Sunday for “setting fire to a government facility, upsetting public order, assembly, and conspiracy to commit a crime against national security.”

For “gathering and plotting to conduct crimes against national security and upsetting public order,” another court in Tehran sentenced five individuals to jail terms of five to ten years, Mizan added.

This month, 272 of Iran’s 290 legislators called for the death sentence to be applied in cases where “people’s lives and property were injured with bladed weapons and guns,” thus enforcing the “an eye for an eye” principle of retributive justice.

According to official data, at least 20 people are being held on allegations that carry the death penalty, as reported by the director of the Norwegian NGO Iran Human Rights, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

It is a major worry of ours that the death penalties would be carried out too quickly,” he stated. There must be a clear message from the world community to the Iranian government that the death penalty for protestors is unacceptable and would have severe consequences if it is carried out.

Iran Imposes Its First Death Sentence
On Sunday, Mizan and other regional outlets reported that the judiciary has filed charges against over 750 persons across three provinces in connection with the recent unrest. Since the demonstrations began, more than 2,000 individuals have been charged, with about half of them being in Tehran.

Dozens of activists, journalists, and attorneys have been arrested in the crackdown, and their ongoing imprisonment has prompted international concern. According to his brother, famed Iranian dissident Hossein Ronaghi, who had been on hunger strike for more than 50 days after his detention in September, was moved to a hospital on Sunday.

After his detention on September 24th, Ronaghi was sent to Evin prison. His loved ones say his legs were shattered in prison, and they are worried he would die from his renal illness.

According to his brother on Sunday, Ronaghi was sent to Tehran’s Dey main hospital. Hassan Ronaghi stated on Sunday that Hossein’s parents were not allowed to visit him and that he had been moved to one of the Dey hospital’s departments. “He’s in a precarious situation.”

At least 326 individuals have been slain by security forces during the statewide rallies, claims the nongovernmental organization Iran Human Rights.

At least 123 of these deaths occurred in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, located in southeast Iran near the country’s border with Pakistan. Anti-government groups have dubbed September 30th, when security forces opened fire on protestors in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan, after Friday prayers, Bloody Friday. The alleged rape in the custody of a 15-year-old girl by a police commander in the port city of Chabahar sparked those demonstrations.

As reported by the state media, a group led by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visited Zahedan over the weekend, where they expressed regret and offered remedies.

Authorities had earlier stated that they had fired the city’s police chief and the commander of a police precinct.

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