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Iran to execute several people convicted of participating in protests

The Iranian judiciary announced on Monday that it would “soon” execute “some” of those sentenced to death for participating in protests that have rocked the country for two and a half months.

The head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseny Ijei, said that “some” of the death sentences for protesters convicted of “corruption on earth” and “war against God” have been “confirmed” by higher authorities.

“The sentences will come into force soon,” Eje said during a speech at a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, reports the reformist Sharg newspaper.

At least six people have been sentenced to death for their part in protests that have rocked the country since September 16 following the death in police custody of young Mahsa Amini, arrested for improperly wearing an Islamic headscarf.

The six convicts were accused of “war against God” and “corruption on earth”, which includes a range of crimes against Islam and public safety.

Judicial authorities have charged more than 2,000 people with various crimes for taking part in a crowd calling for the end of the Islamic Republic, with at least 21 of them facing the death penalty.

Ijei also confirmed that “several rioters” have been sentenced to prison, although he did not say how many.

Among them is photojournalist Ahmadreza Halabisaz, who denounced last week that he has been sentenced to five years in prison in a trial in which he did not have a lawyer for covering the protests.

More than 400 people have been killed and at least 15,000 detained in nearly three months of protests, according to Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights.

Strong police repression has not stopped calls for fresh mobilization for the next three days.

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