Iran Human Rights (Jan 9 2018): The Deputy Head of the Judiciary, Hamid Shahriari, talked about punishing and issuing the heaviest sentence for those he called “rioters and riot leaders”. It seems that by “the heaviest sentence” he means sentencing some of the detainees to death.
In an interview with Fars News Agency, Hamid Shahriari said, “The rioters, riot leaders, and those who organized and led the recent riots will be punished severely and they will receive the heaviest sentence.”
He added, "I don’t know the exact number of the rioters and agitators who have been arrested, but all of the riot leaders have been found and arrested.”
It seems that what the Deputy Head of the Judiciary means by “heaviest sentence” for some of the detainees of the recent protests is death sentence. This increases the risk of death sentence for the detainees, most of whom were just arrested for using their right to freedom of speech. There is also the risk that those detainees might be deprived of a fair trial and be mistreated or even tortured during their detention and interrogation.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) calls on the European Union to warn the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, about the possible execution of the protesters during his coming visit in Brussels this week.