Iran to try 16 over Ashura unrest soon: Report

Iran will soon try 16 people arrested in connection with anti-government protests that turned violent last month, an Iranian news agency reported on Friday.

Iran to try 16 over Ashura unrest soon: Report

Iran will soon try 16 people arrested in connection with anti-government protests that turned violent last month, an Iranian news agency reported on Friday.

The semi-official Fars News Agency, which did not identify the detainees who are to be put on trial, said one was accused of "moharebeh" -- an Islamic term meaning waging war against God -- which carries the death sentence.

The others were accused of gathering with the intention of disrupting national security and propaganda activities against the Islamic establishment, Fars said.

Eight people were killed in clashes between security forces and opposition protesters on Ashura, the day of ritual Shi'ite mourning that fell on Dec. 27.

"The files of 16 of the accused arrested on Ashura have been sent to Tehran's Revolutionary Court for consideration," Fars said, citing a court statement. "All the 16 are in detention. Their trial will begin soon," Fars added.

Last week, the official IRNA news agency said five detainees that Iran planned to put on trial in connection with the Ashura day protests were members of the armed People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI).



Reuters

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