Eight Iranian protesters have been charged with “spreading corruption on earth,” a crime punishable by death in Iran, in Isfahan province, a judiciary official said Friday, days after the country’s highest judicial authority upheld the death sentences of three other protesters.
The cases of eight protesters have been finalized, and they have been charged with “spreading corruption on earth” in Isfahan, the state-run Quds Online reported the province’s chief justice Mohammadreza Habibi as saying.
“If laws are broken, like what happened in 2009, 2017 and November last year, we will definitely deal decisively with the insurgents and the rioters,” Habibi said.
Habibi did not say whether the eight individuals he referenced were arrested during the 2009, 2017 or 2019 protests.
The Supreme Court of Iran upheld the death sentences of three Iranian protesters arrested during the country’s anti-government protests last November, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said on Wednesday.
Protests broke out across Iran last November after the government introduced gasoline rationing and price hikes. Thousands were arrested and about 1,500 Iranians were killed by security forces, according to a Reuters report.
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