Iran: Five Ashura Day detainees may face death penalty

Five people arrested in the protests of Ashura
Day, December 27, have been charged by Iranian judiciary with “moharebeh” or
armed activities against national security. The charge is punishable by death in
Iranian media announced that the indictment for
the five individuals has been prepared based on “reports from officers,
completion of investigations and explicit confessions of the accused.”

Earlier, Iran’s Head of Judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohsein Ejei had announced the
imminent execution of three detainees of Ashura Day.

On December 27, Iranian election protesters, who claim Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was
fraudulently elected in June, once more staged demonstrations during the
customary time of Shiite mourning on Ashura Day. Over 500 people were reportedly
arrested and eight were killed on this day.

Since Ashura Day events, the government has started a new wave of arrests.
Scores of political and social activists have been detained in recent days.

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