Iran halts execution of three younger males over November protests

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Iran has halted the execution of three younger males linked to the lethal protests in November final yr sparked by a rise in petrol costs.”We conveyed a request [for a retrial] to the Supreme Court and they have accepted it. We hope the verdict will be overturned,” Babak Paknia, lawyer of one of many accused, instructed the AFP information company on Sunday.
Iran’s judiciary stated final week {that a} courtroom had upheld the loss of life sentence for the three.
It stated proof had been discovered on the telephones of the three – Amirhossein Moradi, 26, a cell phone retailer, Said Tamjidi, a 28-year-old scholar, and Mohammad Rajabi, additionally 26 – setting alight banks, buses and public buildings in November. “We are very hopeful that the verdicts will be overturned … considering that one of the judges at the supreme court had opposed the verdicts before,” the 4 attorneys representing the accused stated in a press release revealed by state information company IRNA. Numerous calls had unfold on-line because the verdict was introduced utilizing the hashtag #DontExecute for a halt to executions within the nation.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili stated on the time the decision may nonetheless change over “extraordinary proceedings”, pointing to a authorized clause that would set off a retrial if deemed crucial by the chief justice.     
The demonstrations erupted on November 15 after authorities greater than doubled gas costs in a single day, exacerbating financial hardship within the sanctions-hit nation.  
They rocked a handful of cities earlier than spreading to at the least 100 city centres throughout the Islamic republic.
Petrol pumps have been torched, police stations attacked and retailers looted earlier than safety forces stepped in amid a near-total web blackout.
A senior Iranian legislator stated in June that 230 folks have been killed and 1000’s injured through the protests.
Authorities had for months refused to supply casualty figures, rejecting tolls given by overseas media and human rights teams as “lies”.
London-based rights group Amnesty International has put the variety of deaths at 304, and a bunch of unbiased UN rights consultants stated in December that 400 folks, together with at the least 12 kids, may have been killed, based mostly on unconfirmed studies.
The United States has claimed greater than 1,000 have been killed within the violence.

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