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Iranian Supreme Court Approves Appeal from Protester against Death Penalty

The court upheld protester Mohammad Ghobadloo's death sentence last week

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IRAN: The judiciary announced on Saturday that the supreme court of Iran had accepted a protester’s appeal against his death sentence for allegedly damaging public property during anti-government demonstrations and had remanded his case for further consideration.

Sahand Noor Mohammadzadeh, 25, was detained on October 4 and found guilty of “waging war against God” two months later, leading to his execution. He was accused of attempting to destroy a highway guardrail near Tehran and igniting a garbage can.

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He denied the charges and stated that he had been compelled to enter a hunger strike two weeks prior and admit to his guilt.

Following the death in detention of Kurdish Iranian lady Mahsa Amini, who was detained by morality police enforcing the Islamic Republic’s stringent dress code for women, unrest occurred in September. Iran has already executed two persons connected to that uprising.

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According to Amnesty International, Iranian authorities are trying to scare demonstrators by seeking the death penalty for at least 26 additional people.

The riots were allegedly planned by Iran’s foreign adversaries and their agents, according to Iranian authorities.

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“The appeal of Sahand Noor Mohammadzadeh, one of the defendants in the most recent disturbances, has been approved by the Supreme Court. His case has been forwarded to the Revolutionary Court’s same branch for review,” according to a tweet from the judiciary’s Mizan news agency.

The highest court upheld protester Mohammad Ghobadloo’s death sentence last week while rejecting rapper Saman Seydi Yasin’s appeal of the same penalty.

Mahan Sadrat, a protester who had been charged with several offenses including stabbing a security guard and setting a motorcycle on fire, had his death sentence delayed earlier this month.

Mohsen Shekari, 23, who was accused of obstructing traffic and slashing a Basij soldier in the leg in September, and Majid Reza Rahnavard, 23, who was accused of fatally stabbing two Basij troops, were both hanged in Iran earlier this month.

Rahnavard was hanged from a crane in full front of the public. According to the rights organisation HRANA, 508 protesters have been killed as of Friday, including 69 children.

66 members of the security forces were also killed, the report said. According to the report, detentions of protesters may have reached 19,199.

Up to 300 individuals, including security force members, have died in the turmoil, according to Iranian officials.

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