Iran sentences three more protesters to death for ‘waging war on God’

By India Today Web Desk: An Iranian court has sentenced three more anti-government protesters to death on charges of ‘waging war on God’, its Mizan news agency reported on Monday, growing international criticism over its fierce crackdown on demonstrators.

On Saturday, Iran hanged two men for allegedly killing a member of the security forces during nationwide protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini on September 16, drawing condemnation from the EU, the United States and other Western nations. One of them was a karate champion with several national titles.

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According to Mizan, Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeid Yaghoubi, who had been convicted of allegedly killing members of the volunteer Basij militia during anti-government protests in the central city of Isfahan, could appeal against their verdicts.

The Basij forces, affiliated with the elite Revolutionary Guards, have been at the forefront of the state clampdown on the protests against the regressive rules in the country.

Pope Francis on Monday condemned Iran for using the death penalty on demonstrators. “The right to life is also threatened in those places where the death penalty continues to be imposed, as is the case in these days in Iran, following the recent demonstrations demanding greater respect for the dignity of women,” Francis said.

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