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Vast majority of Iranian MPs demand ‘rioters’ face ‘eye for an eye’ justice

Iranians protest the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (Photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, Middle East Images/AP)
Iranians protest the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (Photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, Middle East Images/AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — The vast majority of Iran’s 290 lawmakers demand that the judiciary apply “an eye for an eye” retributive justice when dealing with “enemies of God” in the strife-torn country.

The declaration, approved today by 227 parliamentarians, comes as protests following the death of Mahsa Amini have entered an eighth week.

The 22-year-old woman died in custody in mid-September following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly breaching the country’s strict dress code for women.

Iranian authorities describe the protests as riots.

Officials “must apply the law of an-eye-for-an-eye” against those who “have harmed people’s lives and property with bladed weapons and firearms,” the lawmakers says.

“We call on all officials in the country, including the judiciary, to deal as soon as possible with the enemies of God,” they say in the declaration, published by parliament’s press agency.

The lawmakers also urged the judiciary to “deal decisively with the perpetrators of these crimes and deal with all those who incited the rioters, including certain politicians,” they add.

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