First wave of November protest trials; Three death sentences, over 100 years of prison | Iran International

First wave of November protest trials; Three death sentences, over 100 years of prison

Three months after the countrywide protests in November, the first wave of trials for the arrested protesters has begun amidst the criticism from international Human Rights organizations at the Islamic Republic for not answering any questions about its crackdown of these protests.

During the first series of trials, three death sentences were issued along with 108 years of prison and 740 lashes combined for almost 30 arrested protesters.

The UN Human Rights Council’s report on Thursday discussed the prison sentences, terrible prison conditions, being denied attorneys, and lack of proper medical treatment for the prisoners.

According to official reports, at least 7000 were arrested during the November protests and 3000 were arrested in the months after.

All the trials were held behind closed doors and most of the defendants have been charged with conspiracy and assembly against national security, acts against national security, participation in destruction and arson with the intent to fight the regime, disrupting public order, and insulting the supreme leader.

In some cases, they have been charged with armed robbery (for taking weapons from the security forces), cooperation with hostile countries, and disobeying the orders of government agents.

The judge for the three cases that received the death sentence was Judge Abolghasem Salavati, also known as the “hanging judge” in Iranian political circles.

The judges for the other cases were Iman Afshari and Mohammad Reza Amuzad Khalili.

 

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