The new sentences, still preliminary investigations and open to challenge, bring the total number of sentences of the maximum sentence issued to 17 in contestation, of which four were carried out, while the Supreme Court ratified two other sentences.
Hundreds were killed, including dozens of members of the security forces, during the protests, which included anti-authority slogans. Thousands of people have also been arrested on the sidelines of the movements, which Iranian officials are considering in mostly “revolts” behind which the “enemies” of the Islamic Republic are hidden.
Judiciary handed down death sentences against Saleh Mir Hashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaqubi after they were charged with “haraba”, according to the website web of the judiciary Mizan Online.
The site indicates that the three were convicted of involvement in the killing of three members of the security forces in the province of Isfahan, in the center of the country, on 16 November.
In the same case, the judiciary handed down prison sentences to two other defendants, one of whom was 26-year-old footballer Amir Nasr Azadani.
And the court has issued three prison terms against the player, who defends the colors of club local Iran Javan, for variable periods. Under Iranian law, Nasr Azadani has to serve the longest prison sentence, which is 16 years in prison.
The player’s case and the possibility of his death sentence have sparked criticism from outside parties, led by the International Football Federation “Fifpro”.
Mizan Online claimed that all judgments handed down in case of killing of the three members of the security forces are preliminary and subject to appeal before the Supreme Court.
The judiciary had already carried out the death sentences against four people convicted of assaulting security men on the sidelines of the protests, which took place in various parts of the country, and which are approaching the completion of their fourth month.
On Saturday, the judiciary announced the execution of the death sentences against Muhammad Mahdi Karmi and Seyyed Muhammad Hosseini for their involvement in the killing of Ruhollah Ajamian, a member of the Mobilization Forces (“Basij”), in the city of Karaj , west of Tehran, November 3.
In December, Majid Reza Rahnavard and Mohsen Shakari were executed after also being convicted of assaulting members of the security forces.
Of the 17 death sentences, four were carried out and two more were approved by the Supreme Court. Five sentences remain in preliminary stage and are subject to appeal before the Supreme Court, while questThe latest ordered a new trial against six people sentenced to death.
According to data from the London-based human rights organization Amnesty International, Iran ranks second in the world, behind China, in the number of death sentences carried out.