Iranian sentenced to death for leading crowd during Mahsa Amini protests

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images)
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images)

Iran’s judiciary announces that it has sentenced a man to death for his role in the protests sparked by the death in custody of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini.

Arshia Takdastan is alleged to have led a “crowd in the main square of the city of Nowshahr and committed significant criminal acts,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online website reports.

He was charged with “corruption on earth” and “moharebeh,” or “enmity against God,” both capital offenses in the Islamic Republic, over the protest in the country’s north.

Since the start of the protests, two people have been executed and another 12 have been sentenced to death over the unrest, which Tehran calls “riots,” according to Iranian justice officials.

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