Judges to hand down severe sentences to arrested protesters, head of Iranian judiciary

TEHRAN: The head of Iran’s judiciary has asked judges to hand down the harshest punishment for the “elements” who protested the death of young woman Mehsa Amini.

As reported by Al Jazeera, Iran’s semi-official Students News Agency quoted Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eji as saying, “I have instructed my judges to refrain from showing unnecessary sympathy for the main elements of these riots and to give less culpability Separate them and give them severe punishments.

Earlier, Ghulam Hussain Mohseni Aji had directed all the courts to deal with the cases of the detained protestors as soon as possible. Last week, Deputy Minister of Security and Police Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Majid Mirahmadi, warned that anyone arrested at the scene of the riots would not be released under any circumstances until their case is over. Hearing will not be completed.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accused the United States of supporting “destabilizing elements” against Iran.

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