Iran sentences 400 participants in hijab protests to 10 years in prison

Iran’s judiciary has sentenced up to 10 years in prison for 400 people arrested for participating in the ‘hijab protest’.

Mizan News Agency, a media outlet operated by the Iranian judiciary, said on the 13th (local time) that a Tehran court sentenced 160 protesters to 5 to 10 years in prison, 80 to 2 to 5 years, and the remaining 160 to up to 2 years in prison. In addition, 70 people were fined. This sentence is limited to the state of Tehran, and if the rulings of the remaining 32 district courts are combined, it is expected that the number of citizens sentenced to prison in relation to the protests is far more than 400.

The sentence came the day after the public execution by hanging of Majidreza Rahnabad, 23, who was convicted of fatally wounding a riot police. Earlier, on the 8th, the Revolutionary Court of Iran conducted the first public execution of Mohsen Shekari (23) on the same charge.

The speedy execution and heavy sentence are interpreted as the Iranian government’s clear intention to prevent the spread of anti-government protests through a reign of terror. Anti-government protests have spread across Iran since September after the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested for not wearing a hijab properly. Ali al-Gassi-Mer, head of the Tehran state judiciary, said the judges had handed down sentences to the rioters. Iranian officials are using the term mob to describe any protesters against the Islamic theocracy. 토토사이트

It is expected that a lot of heavy sentences will continue in the future. According to human rights groups, about 18,200 people have been arrested across Iran so far for allegedly participating in protests. Iranian judicial authorities have not disclosed the number of arrests across Iran. However, in early November, it was announced that 1,024 people had been indicted for participating in protests in Tehran. At the time, the suspects were charged with assaulting security forces, vandalizing public property and arson.

Iranian human rights activists are particularly concerned that the speed at which death sentences are being passed and the return of public hangings, which have been rare in recent years, mean mass executions are imminent.

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