Amnesty timed to coincide with the 44th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979
More than 82,000 people have been granted amnesty in Iran, including 22,000 convicted or awaiting sentencing protesters. This was stated by the head of the country’s judiciary Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the state agency IRNA and Reuters reported.
The head of the judiciary also noted that those convicted or accused of violent crimes and theft were not included in the amnesty, as well as those who were convicted of espionage, war crimes, deliberate murder, conducting exercises and participating in sabotage groups.
In February, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei agreed to pardon tens of thousands of those convicted and under investigation, including protesters. The amnesty is timed to coincide with the 44th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. It was also extended to those who shouted anti-Khamenei slogans or spoke in a similar way on social networks.
In September, 22-year-old Amini was detained by the vice police for wearing the wrong hijab. A few days later, the girl was taken to the hospital in a coma, where she died. According to the authorities, she died of a heart attack. However, the girl’s parents claim that she had no health problems. After that, a wave of protests began in Iran.
In October, protests over the death of Mahsa Amini flared up with renewed vigor following the death of 16-year-old schoolgirl Asra Panahi. According to the organization, in one of the schools in the city of Ardabil, the police took the girls out into the yard and forced them to sing a hymn glorifying the President of Iran. After the refusal, the security forces began to beat the students. According to media reports, the girl died after being beaten by police officers.
The Iranian authorities deny the guilt of law enforcement officers in what happened.