Iran Daily: Tehran Prosecutor — 150 Protesters Indicted

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Sina Ghanbari died in the quarantine section of Evin Prison, January 7, 2018

Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Doulatabadi says 150 protesters, detained during demonstrations across the country in late December and early January, have been indicted.

Dolatabadi said that only four protesters are still in custody.

The prosecutor’s claims have not been corroborated, and activists say many more people are behind bars, seized during or after the protests over political and economic issues.

Tehran MP Alireza Rahimi said last week that, of 5,000 people arrested, 500 are still detained.

MPs have only been granted a short visit to Tehran’s Evin Prison, despite concerns by activists and families that several detainees, who died in custody amid the demonstrations, were beaten. No international observers are allowed in Iranian prisons, with the last visit by a UN human rights official in 2005.

MP Rahimi, who was among the group that were finally allowed into Evin after weeks of requests, wrote on Sunday that the legislators were able to speak to “only a few of the remaining prisoners”. He refuted claims made by authorities that they had a video clip of Sina Ghanbari, whom they said had committed suicide in a prison bathroom.

Last Friday, Tehran Prayer leader Ahmad Khatami said those accused of violence during the protests should face the death penalty. He criticized officials for releasing most of the detainees.

See Iran Daily, February 4: Tehran Friday Leader — Some Protesters Should Be Executed

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  1. “Last Friday, Tehran Prayer leader Ahmad Khatami said those accused of violence during the protests should face the death penalty. He criticized officials for releasing most of the detainees.”

    Ayatollah Khatami had previously called for those who burn the flag to face the death penalty: https://www.news24.com/World/News/hard-line-cleric-says-social-media-fed-iran-protests-unrest-20180106

    According to a recent survey by Iranpoll, respondents were asked what should be the fate of those burning the flag as well as committing acts of violence. Most favoured that they should be harshly punished, in contrast to those who only chanted anti-government or anti-Islamic slogans whom respondents thought should be released or not punished harshly: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5525d831e4b09596848428f2/t/5a74b2da71c10b91e5ebc15d/1517597404995/IranPoll-UMD+Jan+2018+Iran+Results+and+Trend+Tables.pdf

  2. The Radio Farda article, and other media, claims that “at least 25 demonstrators were killed in the streets by regime’s security forces.” But that’s not true. Among the dead is a policeman in Najafabad and an 11 year old boy in Khomeinshahr, both killed with hunting rifles, and a father and son in Dorood who were killed by rioters when they stole a fire engine and crashed it into their car: http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/420094/Police-Key-riot-organizers-detained.

    Other deaths are still under investigation for the possible involvement of saboteurs, especially in Tuyserkan in Hamadan province.

  3. Rouhani claims recent protests not just about economic problems: https://en.mehrnews.com/news/131963/JCPOA-not-to-be-renegotiated-or-rewritten-Pres-Rouhani

    “Rouhani criticized those who blame the economic factors for the recent riots in Iran, saying that the people also protested against political foreign policy issues. He expressed his satisfaction with the fact that everyone in the Islamic establishment accepted that people’s voice should be heard. In response to Mehr News Agency’s question about the economic factors behind the recent riots in Iran, Rouhani said that the country’s economy is on the right path and the economic growth rate which is at 6.1% shows that.”

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