(TEHRAN) Iranian justice announced on Friday that it had sentenced to death a man found guilty of killing several people during demonstrations in November over the death of Mahsa Amini.
Iran has been shaken by a protest movement since the death on September 16 of this 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, three days after her arrest by the morality police who accused her of having broken the strict dress code imposing on women, in particular the headscarf.
Hundreds of people, including dozens of members of the security forces, were killed during these demonstrations. Thousands of protesters were also arrested, accused by the authorities of participating in “riots” fomented by Israel – a sworn enemy of Iran – and by Western countries.
Among them, Abbas Kurkuri, was sentenced to death on Friday for “war against God with a weapon to terrorize and kill people” as well as “corruption on Earth”, according to the verdict on the official Iranian justice website.
Mr. Kurkuri was found guilty of killing seven people “with a military weapon” on November 16 in Izeh, Khuzestan province (southwest), according to this verdict, which he can challenge before the Supreme Court.
The mother of one of the victims, a 10-year-old child, at the time accused security forces of killing her son, while state authorities and media claimed that an attack by “terrorists” caused his death.
According to the justice site, the convict admitted to having acted “under the influence of social networks” and “accepted the charges” against him.
Human rights organizations routinely warn against confessions by defendants in Iran, saying they are often coerced.
Four people have been executed and 20 others sentenced to death by Iranian courts in trials related to the protests.
Iran executes more convicts than any other country except China, according to Amnesty International.