Iran to Pardon Tens of Thousands of Prisoners, Including Some Participants in Recent Protests

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Tens of thousands of prisoners to be pardoned in Iran, including some participants in recent protests

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of tens of thousands of those convicted, including those arrested during the recent unrest in Iran. This was reported by the Iranian agency IRNA.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the head of the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, offered to pardon or commute the punishment of thousands of convicts, and Ayatollah Khamenei agreed.

Convicted for the latest riots will be pardoned under the conditions:

  • that they are not foreign spies;
  • had no direct contact with foreign intelligence services;
  • not committed intentional killings or bodily harm;
  • did not destroy or burn state, military and public facilities;
  • had no private plaintiff.

Protests in Iran began after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, Mahsa Amini, on September 16, 2022. The girl was arrested by morality police three days earlier for improperly wearing a hijab and skinny jeans.

Amini's family says she was beaten and hit several times on the head. After that, she fell into a coma, and died a few days later. The government and police deny the allegations.

Subsequently, another schoolgirl, 16-year-old Asra Panahi, was killed in Iran. The girl was beaten to death by government security officials for refusing to sing the anthem.

According to the human rights organization Amnesty International, at least 108 people have died since the beginning of the protests, of which 23 – minors.

To pacify the population, the Iranian authorities staged demonstration executions of protesters. 23-year-old Majid Reza Rahnavard was publicly hanged in the holy Shiite city of Mashhad.

In December 2022, the authorities Iran announced the liquidation of the morality police and the revision of the law on wearing the hijab.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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