In the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini and amid nationwide protests, the Iranian parliament overwhelmingly approved the death penalty for protesters they label “rioters.” The first execution happened on Sunday.
At the same time, Iranian authorities have denied claims by rights groups abroad that about 15,000 people are now detained in the ensuing civil unrest and potentially face execution themselves.
According to the BBC, a “Revolutionary Court in Tehran found the now-deceased defendant, who was not named, had set fire to a government facility and was guilty of ‘enmity against God.’”
The draconian ruling comes in response to the mass demonstrators which have flooded Iranian streets in the weeks following the September 16 death of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested by Iran’s morality police and accused of improperly wearing a hijab, or headscarf, while visiting the country.
The accused was sentenced in a Tehran court to death for the crime of “setting fire to a government building, disturbing public order, assembly and conspiracy to commit a crime against national security, and an enemy of God and corruption on earth,” one of the most serious offenses under Iranian law, Mizan Online reported.