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Amnesty: Iranian Protesters Were Denied Fair Trials and Tortured Before Their Death Sentences

HeadlineJan 31, 2023

In Iran, human rights groups are demanding authorities throw out the convictions against three young men sentenced to death for their involvement in anti-government protests that erupted in September after the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Their cases are detailed in a new Amnesty International report, which denounces Iranian authorities for torturing the three men and denying them a fair trial. The report describes how 19-year-old Mehdi Mohammadifard was raped and beaten so brutally by prison guards, he had to be taken to the hospital. The two others, 18-year-old Arshia Takdastan and 31-year-old Javad Rouhi, have also been subjected to horrific beatings in prison. The three were denied the right to choose their lawyers to fight the charges, and their hearings lasted less than an hour.

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