Audio files leaked from a meeting of Iranian government insiders show that at least 80 people detained during nationwide protests are at risk of execution.
The record is from a recent meeting of the Islamic Revolutionary Army Union Council, the conservative coalition that approved the joint electoral rolls for the 2020 Iranian parliamentary and municipal elections.
The parliament, elected in the February 2020 non-competitive elections, is filled with hardliners and Revolutionary Guard officers, most of whom are members of this coalition, including Chairman Mohammad Bagh Garhbaf.
During the session, Golam Ali Haddad Adel, a hardline politician very close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and head of the coalition, told his secretary, Reza Dhavari, about recent developments in the country’s members. ask for a brief description. In his report, Mr. Dabari said 80 people had been charged with “mohalebeh” and “corruption on the ground.” Mohareb (Muharib), which means warrior in Arabic, is a term in Iranian Islamic law meaning “enemy of God” or “war against God” with the death penalty. “Corruption on Earth” is another term that also carries the death penalty.
He said he hoped the detained protesters would be executed based on the principle of “Qisas”. It has been used many times to execute protesters after prosecuting them for killing security personnel.
Reza Davari General Secretary, Council of the Union of Islamic Revolutionary Armed Forces
Dhabari added that about 10 people could be sentenced to death if authorities wanted to execute protesters under the qisas. He noted that the provinces of Tehran, Alborz, Fars, Khorasan Razavi and Esfahan had issued the highest number of such indictments.
In a judicial system that ignores due process and is controlled by an authoritarian ruler, Khamenei, any act of defiance can be arbitrarily interpreted as “war against God.”
According to recent reports, at least Ten minor protesters also sentenced to death For “Moharebeh” and “corruption on earth.” During the popular uprising in Iran, more than 18,000 citizens were arrested, and it is not clear how many of them were accused of “corruption on earth” and “war against God”.
Davari went on to say that some of the protesters arrested in the Kurdish-majority city had been charged with “terrorist acts” so that they could be sentenced to death.
In November a group of 227 parliamentarians entered the judiciary. death sentence for arrested During ongoing anti-government demonstrations.
Among other matters discussed during the session, records obtained by Iran International were of a brutal crackdown on protesters in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Balchestan province known as . bloody fridayThe incident occurred on September 30, when security forces killed nearly 100 people, including women and children. The Islamic Republic has never sanctioned the killing of civilians and has always claimed that security forces only opened fire on those who wanted to attack police stations in the city. However, in the leaked audio, Davali said one of his police officers, who were stationed on the roof of the police building, “made a grave mistake, shooting people who weren’t near the police station. I killed a man, a woman, and some.” Children who didn’t even protest.
In recent days, a series of leaks by hackers and insiders have exposed the Islamic Republic’s inner thinking and unpleasant secrets, leaving the regime in an uncomfortable situation.