TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced to death three people accused of killing three members of the security forces during the protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, the judiciary said Monday.
The Islamic Republic has been rocked by civil unrest since the September 16 death of Kurdish Iranian Amini, 22, following her arrest for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.
The latest sentences, which can still be appealed, bring to 17 the total number of people condemned to death in connection with the more than three months of protests.
Four of those convicted have been executed and two others are on death row after their sentences were upheld by the country’s supreme court.
Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaghoubi were sentenced to death on charges of “moharebeh” — or waging “war against God” — the judiciary’s Mizan Online news website reported.
Two others were handed prison terms for the incident that led to the deaths of three security force members in the central province of Isfahan on November 16, Mizan said.
#SalehMirHashemi, 36 year old Karate instructor has been held captive since November and is facing murder by the dictatorship occupying Iran. He was briefly visited by family and they saw signs of torture on him. His is in danger, his fate is unknown. #mahsaami̇ni̇ pic.twitter.com/SfGPg3yRj3
— Dr. Shirin Khosravian (@shirinjannn) January 7, 2023
All the sentences can be appealed before the supreme court, it added.
On Saturday, Iran executed Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini for killing a paramilitary force member in November in Karaj west of Tehran.
.@C_MorinDesailly:With numerous colleagues MPs such as @Marcel_Hopp @senateur61 @YeOne_Rhie I am asking the Iranian regime not to excecute these persons whom we support #SoheilJahangiri #SalehMirhashemi #MajidKazemi #AmirNasrazdani #SaheedYaghoubi #IranRevoIution2022 pic.twitter.com/e8djARJqS9
— Taheri Movement (@Taheri_Movement) December 30, 2022
Two other men, Mohsen Shekari and Majidreza Rahnavard, were put to death in December after being convicted of separate attacks on security forces.
The executions have sparked global outrage and new Western sanctions against Tehran.