While reeling over the outbreak of Covid-19 which has killed over 13,000 people and deepened the economic crisis in Iran, the country’s judiciary has sparked outrage from the citizens after it upheld its decision to go forward with plans to execute three young men in their twenties who were convicted for participating in mass anti-government protests.
Iranian Twitter, through hashtag #do_not_execute had a massive influx of over 6 million messages after it was announced that the trio – Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi, who are all reportedly in their 20s, we to be executed.
Experts believe the Iranian court may reconsider its decision to go further with the execution after today’s massive backlash from celebrities and pressure groups who are calling out the absurd judiciary decision.
The trio got arrested for staging last November’s massive anti-government demonstrations where people clashed with the police after the government’s decision to raise the price of petrol.
The Iranian judiciary’s spokesman confirmed this Tuesday that the death sentences of the three anti-government protesters had been upheld by the Supreme Court.
But, social media campaigns claim the decision was after “grossly unfair trials” the judiciary is known for.
Last month, journalist Ruhollah Zam was sentenced to death for reporting on 2017 and 2018 anti-government protests. His charge was for “spreading corruption on earth”.
Many believe these executions are to suppress the growing trend of social unrests in the country.
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