Young Iranian Protester Sentenced to Death
Hossein Reyhani, a young protester who was arrested in the November 2019 uprising in Iran, has been charged with "enmity against God" and sentenced to death.
Hossein recently wrote in a letter that he was arrested and convicted for sending a text message to a friend that read, "they burnt the bank". The authorities said that this proved that he had set fire to the National Bank of Islamshahr during the protests.
Hossein was beaten and tortured in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps main detention center in Ward 2-A of Evin prison. He was later moved to the Judiciary Intelligence Detention Center, before being transferred to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary. Throughout his whole ordeal, he has never been allowed to consult a lawyer.
Further, the Iranian regime recently upheld death sentences for three other young protesters - Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi – who were arrested during the November 2019 uprising.
They were sentenced to death in February, accused of being “riot leaders” who “set fire to banks and petrol stations (during the protests) and had filmed their criminal acts and sent the videos to foreign media”.
Amnesty International said their trial was unfair and that the three political prisoners all explained that they had been tortured.
Eight others have been also charged with “corruption on earth”, which also carries the death penalty. The Iranian regime killed 1500 protesters during the November 2019 uprising and is now sentencing detained protesters to lengthy sentences and death to deter a further inevitable uprising in Iran.