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Iranian Court Agreed To Review A Death Sentence For People Involved In The Riots

Iranian Court Agreed To Review A Death Sentence For People Involved In The Riots

An Iranian court, amid a public campaign against the execution, has agreed to send the death sentence for three people involved in riots in November 2019 for review, according to a joint statement by the lawyers of the accused, the text of which is quoted on Sunday by the ISNA agency.

"We hope to change the original verdict, and in accordance with article 474 [of the criminal code], we have submitted a request to the President of the Supreme court. Fortunately, this request was accepted, and the case was sent for reconsideration to one of the divisions of the Supreme court," the statement reads.

It is also noted that "the execution of the death sentence against the defendants is currently suspended until a final verdict is reached in this case."

On July 14, the official representative of the Supreme court of Iran, Gholam Hossein Ismaili, announced that three people who participated in the riots in November 2019 were sentenced to death in Iran. According to him, "this sentence was approved by the Supreme court after an appeal by the accused and their lawyers."

After that, the "don't execute" campaign was launched on social networks among Iranian users. Within a few days, several million users posted relevant entries on their pages in protest of the verdict.

On November 15, 2019, a government order came into force in Iran to increase the price of gasoline to 30 thousand rials (about $0.2) per liter, which actually meant a three-fold increase in the cost of fuel. After this decision, protests took place in several cities, which turned into clashes with the police. Demonstrators set fire to Bank offices and gas stations. Riots were reported in hundreds of localities in the country. According to official data, 230 people were killed during protests in Iran in November 2019.

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