Four hundred people were imprisoned after the protests in Tehran

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Four hundred people were imprisoned after the protests in Tehran

Iran faces protests that authorities call ‘riots’

The courts of Tehran sentenced 400 people to prison terms of up to 10 years for their involvement in the protests that broke out after her death Mahsa Amini almost three months ago, the Iranian judiciary announced today.

Iran is facing protests that the authorities are calling “riots”. Death while in custody on September 16 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origins, after her arrest for violating the Islamic Republic’s dress code, sparked an unprecedented protest movement in recent years.

“During the hearings related to the unrest in Tehran province, 160 people were sentenced to prison terms of five to ten years, 80 to terms of two to five years and 160 to terms of up to two years,” said the head of the judiciary Tehran, Ali Algashi-Mehr, cited by the judiciary news site Mizan Online.

The execution in recent days of two 23-year-old men in connection with the protests has sparked a wave of international condemnation. Majidreza Rahnavard and Mohsen Sekari were hanged for “moharebeh” (“war against God”) under Iranian Islamic law (sharia).

Before the two executions, Iranian justice said it had sentenced 11 people to death for their involvement in the protests, but activists say a dozen others face charges that could carry the death penalty.

Since the beginning of the protest movement, thousands of people have been arrested. Iran’s top security agency said on December 3 that more than 200 people had been killed in the protests.

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