Iran charges 1,000 over unrest in Tehran, trials to be held in public
Iran has been gripped by protests since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini last month
By News Desk - October 31 2022

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Iran’s Judiciary announced on 31 October that 1,000 people will be tried in Tehran for their participation in the protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The trials of the 1,000 defendants will be held in public in revolutionary courts in the Iranian capital, Tehran’s Judiciary office announced.

“These are individuals who have committed acts of sabotage during the recent unrest and face serious charges, such as assaulting and killing security forces personnel or setting fire to public and private property,” the office said.

Meanwhile, Judiciary chief Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei said trials will be carried out with “speed” and “precision,” especially those who have tried to subvert the Islamic system, according to Tasnim news agency.

“Those who tried to subvert the government and depend on foreigners will be punished according to the laws,” Ejei said in a speech, which could involve charges of collaboration with foreign governments, according to AlArabiya news.

Iranian officials have described the protests as a plot by enemies of the Islamic Republic, including the United States and Israel.

On 26 October, Tehran announced its implementation of sanctions on 12 individuals and eight institutions associated with the EU for “supporting terrorism and violence” on Iranian soil, referencing the recent riots.

In a statement released by Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these
“institutions and individuals in the EU have been placed on the Iranian sanctions list for supporting and inciting terrorism and violence and spreading hatred that caused riots and violence against the Iranian people.”

Among those sanctioned is the Deutsche Welle network in Farsi, the editor-in-chief of the German newspaper Bild, and members of the European Parliament.

Tehran imposed sanctions on the following entities and individuals for allegedly encouraging violence against individuals associated with the Islamic Republic, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian remarked during a press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei.

A day prior, Iran imposed sanctions on 13 other individuals and seven UK-based institutions, including Iran International and Persian-Language BBC, for promoting anti-government rhetoric. 

Last week, EU member states imposed sanctions on Iran over Iranian-made drones supplied to Russia.

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