Iran sentences 5 to death for post-election protests

Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Iran said Tuesday that it has sentenced five people to death and another 81 to prison terms of 6 months to 15 years for their roles in the protests that followed the country’s disputed presidential elections.

The five who received death sentences were convicted of membership in terrorist groups and for carrying out bombings across Iran, the Tehran Judiciary said in a statement that was reported by state media.

The others were found guilty of various charges, including acting against the national interest, disturbing the peace and destroying public property.

The Judiciary said the defendants can appeal the verdicts.

Meanwhile, the first day of the trial of a French academic also arrested during the post-election protests ended Tuesday with the defense offering its opening statement.


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