Iran puts Mahsa Amini’s lawyer on trial – report

FILE - A protester shows a portrait of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration to support Iranian protesters standing up to their leadership over the death of a young woman in police custody, October 2, 2022 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)
FILE - A protester shows a portrait of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration to support Iranian protesters standing up to their leadership over the death of a young woman in police custody, October 2, 2022 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

The trial has begun in Iran of the lawyer of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian Kurd whose death last September triggered a widespread protest movement, a media report says.

Saleh Nikbakht is charged with “propaganda against the system,” the daily Etemad reports.

The first hearing “was on Tuesday and he was notified of the charge of propaganda activity against the regime for having spoken to foreign and local media, concerning the Mahsa Amini affair in particular,” it says.

Nikbakht’s trial begins nearly a year after the death in custody last September 16 of 22-year-old Amini, after she was arrested for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress rules for women.

If convicted, he faces a prison term of between one and three years.

Etemad reports that Nikbakht’s lawyer urged his acquittal, saying that in interviews he “only criticized the running of the country by the authorities.”

At the end of September 2022, Nikbakht indicated that the Amini family had filed a complaint against the police officers who had arrested her.

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