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Iranian Supreme Leader to Pardon Some Protesters

© Sputnik / Sergey Guneev / Go to the mediabankIranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.02.2023
On September 13, 2022, 22-year-old Kurdish Mahsa Amini was detained by the Iranian morality police in Tehran for wearing an "improper" head covering. The woman fell into a coma while in police custody and died a few days later. These incidents resulted in massive protests in a number of Iran's major cities.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has agreed to a proposal by the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, to pardon or commute the sentence for some of detained protesters, according to Iran's state-run news agency. The amnesty will coincide with the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the Rajab month festivities.

"During recent events, a number of people, especially young people, committed wrong actions and crimes as a result of the indoctrination and propaganda of the enemy. Since the foreign enemies and anti-revolutionary currents’ plans have been foiled, many of these youth now regret their actions," stated Ejei.

However, Iranian officials have said that amnesty and sentence reductions will not be applied to the following individuals:
Those who have engaged in espionage for foreigners;
Persons who have had direct contact with agents of foreign intelligence services;
Anyone who has committed murder or deliberate wounding;
Those who have destroyed and set fire to government, military or public facilities;
People who have been prosecuted on the basis of an application from a private individual.
However, the Iranian authorities have not yet announced the exact number to be amnestied. Some foreign media reported that the number of detainees was in the tens of thousands, but no exact figures have been provided.
A demonstrator gestures a peace sign during a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris,on October 9, 2022, following the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in Iran - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.11.2022
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Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei added that, although: "[Iranian authorities] offered them [detained individuals] this opportunity by offering amnesty and closing their case at every stage so that their future will not be affected by criminal records," but "If these pardoned people commit crimes again, they will be dealt with more severely according to the law."
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