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Iran to hold public trials for more than 1000 detained during protests

As international concern grew over Iran’s response to the protests that started with the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after her arrest, the judiciary of Iran announced that it would hold public trials for up to 1,000 people detained during recent protests in Tehran alone as well as more than a thousand others outside the capital.

Olaf Scholz, the chancellor of Germany, expressed dismay at the sheer number of peaceful demonstrators who were being forcibly and unlawfully detained. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will be listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union, according to Annalena Baerbock, the foreign minister of Germany.

In the meanwhile, Canada imposed a fourth set of penalties targeting prominent Iranian government figures and Iranian law enforcement officials, whom Canada accuses of taking part in the repression and detention of unarmed protesters.

As a result of Russian drones made in Iran being used to attack civilian and infrastructure targets inside Ukraine, Ukraine has formally requested that Iran’s football team be barred from the World Cup, which begins next month.

For the first time, Iran has accepted that there is a chance it could be disqualified from the World Cup, which would be a terrible blow to a nation that is passionate about sports. Ibrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, promised to get in touch with Qatar, the tournament’s hosts.

One thousand jailed protestors had reportedly played a “major role” in the unrest, according to the primary state news agency IRNA. Each will stand trial on their own for alleged “subversive conduct,” such as allegedly attacking security personnel and setting fire to public property.

According to Iran’s judiciary leader, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, some protestors would be charged with working with foreign governments. “Those who aim to oppose and subvert the system are dependent on foreigners and will be punished according to legal standards,” he stated.

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