Left Menu
Development News Edition

Iran pardons 157 detained after antigovernment protests

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters that the people freed had been imprisoned for “spreading propaganda against the system" and taking part in several waves of protests that challenged the government over the last three years. The amnesty was part of a customary clemency order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

PTI | Tehran | Updated: 10-11-2020 16:15 IST | Created: 10-11-2020 16:02 IST
Iran pardons 157 detained after antigovernment protests
Representative image Image Credit:

Iran pardoned 157 people held on charges stemming from their alleged participation in antigovernment protests, the country's judiciary announced on Tuesday, the biggest such release of those swept up in the harsh crackdowns. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters that the people freed had been imprisoned for "spreading propaganda against the system" and taking part in several waves of protests that challenged the government over the last three years.

The amnesty was part of a customary clemency order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, issued a decree pardoning 3,780 prisoners last week.

As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged Iran, propelling its death toll to highest in the Middle East, the government released over 100,000 prisoners to keep the virus from spreading behind bars. Economic grievances in Iran have repeatedly triggered nationwide political unrest in recent years.

In November 2019, security forces smothered protests that were prompted by a sharp increase in gasoline prices, arresting over 1,000 and killing hundreds, according to rights watchdog Amnesty International. The cases of those caught in crackdowns have drawn international outrage. In September, Iran executed a 27-year-old wrestler accused of stabbing a water supply company employee after taking part in 2018 protests in the southern city of Shiraz.

His execution revived demands for Iran to stop carrying out the death penalty..

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

China: A savior for emerging markets or a poison pill?

... ...

Future of Urban Planning: Artificial Intelligence guiding the way

Advances in emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help us understand our cities better and derive useful insights from real-time data collected through automated models....

Videos

Latest News

Police detain 100 in Amsterdam after protest over lockdown, curfew

Dutch police used water cannon, dogs and mounted police to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday against coronavirus lockdown restrictions and detained more than 100 people for throwing stones and fireworks.The demonstration in ...

Kenya: Healthcare workers emerge as top performers, Government handled COVID-19 averagely, says report

The healthcare workers in Kenya have been ranked as the top performer of 2020 in a survey by Infotrak Research, according to a report by Mwakilishi.The health workers have reportedly received an approval rating of 76 for their frontline wo...

UAE approves establishing embassy in Israel

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday approved setting up of its embassy in Israel, signalling expansion of bilateral relations following a US-brokered deal between the two countries, according to a media report.The UAE and Israel in August la...

Bengal minister undergoes angioplasty for blocked artery

West Bengal Cooperative MinisterArup Roy on Sunday underwent angioplasty for a blocked arteryat a Kolkata-based private hospital where he was admitted withchest pain, an official said.The 60-year-old TMC MLA from Howrah Madhya seat hadone s...

Give Feedback