Protests in Tehran, Iran on 19 September 2022 (Photo credit: West Asia News Agency via Reuters)
On 22 October, Iranian authorities announced that they will file a lawsuit against the United States for its direct role and involvement in the recent unrest across the country.
The Deputy Chief of Iran’s judiciary, Kazem Gharibabadi, vowed that Iran would file a lawsuit in Tehran courts against the US government and the London-based Farsi-language media for “instigating violence, mobilizing the riots, and sabotaging public and private property in Iran,” according to Press TV.
“Due to the direct involvement and meddling of the United States in the recent unrest, it has been decided to open a court case to assess the damages and issue a verdict,” Gharibabadi told the judicial news website Mizan.news.
Meanwhile, The Biden administration has begun talks with Elon Musk to establish SpaceX’s Starlink satellite Internet service inside Iran, this was confirmed to CNN by officials familiar with the talks. The U.S. Treasury Department stated last month that some satellite Internet equipment could be exported to Iran.
However, The officials cited by CNN admit that relations with Musk are not at their best, after the tycoon asked the US government to pay him “tens of millions” of dollars for Space X’s Starlink operations in Ukraine, where it has sent 25,300 compact ground terminals, which receive Internet service through 300 of the company’s satellites.
Space X estimates that it has already spent $80 million for its services in Ukraine. By the end of the year, the figure will rise to $100 million, according to CNN.
On the other hand, EU member states Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic have submitted proposals for new unilateral sanctions against Iran in response to the alleged repression of protesters by security forces, according to German daily Der Spiegel.
These measures are set to be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers scheduled for 17 October, and would allegedly target 16 individuals, organizations, and institutions “responsible for the clampdown on nationwide protests.”
Iran has been rocked by popular unrest for the past several weeks after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma in the hours after being detained by the Moral Security Police on 13 September. She passed away at a hospital three days later.