Iranian judiciary Calls were rejected on Monday to delay the sentences handed down to the protesters, urging public prosecutors to implement the sentences without delay.
Since the start of the protests in Iran three months ago, the Iranian judiciary has been one of the most active branches of the government in suppressing the demonstrations.
Speaking at a meeting of the Supreme Judicial Council, Iran’s Chief Judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, issued a list of instructions to the country’s public prosecutors. At the top of the list of instructions was the implementation of sentences issued against detainees during the protests. Mohseni Ejei said, “Prosecutors should not delay in implementing the rulings.” He added that his instructions were particularly related to sentences for protesters, whom he described as “hooligans” in his speech as well as the official government line.
Mohseni-Ejei urged the country’s public prosecutors to combat what he described as “false and incomplete news” about the sentences handed down against protesters. He said that local and foreign sources spread news about the cases with the intention of “creating a wrong mentality among the people”. He called on prosecutors to update the news more routinely in order to prevent “anxiety among the public”.
One of the judicial cases that received public attention was the death sentence against Mohamed Mahid Karami. According to Mashallah Karami, Muhammad’s father, his son signed a forced confession. Karami’s family also claims that they tried to contact the public accuser but were not even given a public letter. Karam Karami is accused of being involved in the killing of Ruhollah Ajemian, a Basij member who was chased by a group of individuals and beaten to death. Karami denies involvement in his death.
There are currently 11 individuals facing Death penalty for protests. Another 15 people are facing sentences that could lead to the death penalty. Iran’s judiciary has prioritized cases involving attacks on security forces involved in suppressing protests. More than 18,000 people have been arrested so far, including well-known activists, journalists and celebrities.
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