Today, Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei pardoned a large number of prisoners arrested by the authorities for reasons related to the protests that have taken place in Iran since September 2022, amid the death of a young woman. , Mahsa Amini, after her arrest by the police. Iran’s official media stated that “prisoners who have not been charged with spying for foreign agencies, having a direct relationship with agents abroad, premeditated murder, inflicting bodily harm, destroying and burning state property, or causing destruction and arson of state property, or that there is no special accuser in their cases.” For its part, Reuters reported that the amnesty would be announced on the occasion of the anniversary of the “Islamic revolution” of 1979.
This pardon came after Iranian authorities executed a number of detainees for taking part in the protests, and the executions sparked outrage within Iran as well as widespread international criticism. Human Rights Defenders News Agency (Grana) reports that authorities have arrested about 20,000 people. people in anti-government protests against the government.