Iranian judges ordered not to lenient on ‘main elements of riots’ – Reuters
TEHRAN: Iranian judges have received orders barring lenient sentences for people considered “main elements of the riots” that broke out over the death of Mahsa Amini, the judiciary said.
A wave of unrest has gripped the Islamic republic since Amini’s death on September 16 after he was arrested by vice squad in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
Street violence has left dozens dead – mostly protesters but also members of the security forces – and hundreds have been arrested. “Iranian Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei has ordered judges to avoid… issuing light sentences for key elements of these riots,” the judiciary’s website Mizan Online said.
“Excessive sympathy and weak sentences for the main elements is an injustice to the people,” Ejei said.
“At the same time, certain leniency steps should be considered for people who are included among the least culpable elements,” he said.
Iran has charged more than 100 people for the “riots” in Tehran and the southern province of Hormozgan alone, a court announced on Wednesday.
The head of the judiciary echoed remarks by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Wednesday spoke of the involvement of “enemies” in the protests.