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Iran to severely punish organizers of foreign-backed riots: Judiciary

Iran's Judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi speaks to reporters in Tehran, on October 11, 2022.

Iranian Judiciary says the body will decisively punish the lead foreign-backed perpetrators in the recent riots, which erupted following the death of a young Iranian woman.

“Taking a stance in the face of the US and Zionism is the rational demand of Muslin nations which requires a convincing and sufficient response,” spokesman Massoud Setayeshi told reporters during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Protests erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, who fainted at a police station and was pronounced dead days later at a Tehran hospital on September 16, first in her native province of Kordestan and later in several cities, including the capital Tehran.

Immediately after Amini’s death, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi ordered a thorough investigation into the case, which led to an official report published on Friday saying her death had been caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to her head or other vital body organs.

What started as peaceful protests took a violent turn after unruly protesters fatally attacked policemen and indulged in vandalism against public property in several cities.

Setayeshi expressed hope that Unity Week, which coincides with the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), would open a new chapter in reinforcing unity in Iran and across the world.

He expressed sympathy with Amini’s family and said the Judiciary pays attention to all the people who were injured and faced problems in the recent incidents.

“We pay attention to the people who came to the scene unknowingly and got into trouble,” the spokesman said.

He also extended his condolences to the families of those who were killed in defense of the country and its people.

He warned that the enemy is always trying to create ambiguity and chaos, cause problems for people, sow discord among them, and disrupt the country’s peace, security, welfare and progress.

The recent incidents in the country also caused economic problems, he said, emphasizing that everything is clear now and there is no room for ambiguity.

He pointed out that Iran’s Coroner Office has issued “transparent and scientific” reports about Amini’s death, and now is the time to make up for the measures that have been conducted against a number of Iranian citizens and damages to public, state and private properties.

As promised, Iran’s Judiciary examined Amini’s case carefully based on legal principles and by forming a professional medical commission comprised of specialists and scholars in various fields after spending enough time, the official said.

He also slammed foreign media and political propaganda which sparked the riots as one of the “biggest atrocities committed against the Iranian nation” and highlighted the importance of pursuing such moves until the rights of the Iranian people are preserved.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Setayeshi said 1,700 individuals who were arrested during the unrest have been released on bail.

“We take pride in the fact that the number of detainees is minimal now and it includes people who had an agenda in these events,” he added.

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