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Protester Sentenced to Death Granted Retrial after Sons Issue Plea

July 26, 2023
1 min read
Earlier this month, his three young sons appealed to the authorities not to carry out the execution as fears grew that his death sentence on charges he denies may be imminent
Earlier this month, his three young sons appealed to the authorities not to carry out the execution as fears grew that his death sentence on charges he denies may be imminent

The Iranian judiciary has granted retrial to a father of three sentenced to death over his participation in nationwide unrest in November 2019, his lawyer says.

The request for Abbas Daris’s retrial has been registered with Branch 9 of the Supreme Court and an order to halt the execution of his sentence has been sent to a court in the south-western city of Mahshahr, Lawyer Fereshteh Tabanian wrote on his Twitter account on July 26.

Earlier this month, his three young sons appealed to the authorities not to carry out the execution.

"We implore for forgiveness and mercy to save our father’s life,” one of the boys said in a video circulated on social media. “His sentencing has already claimed the life of our mother, who suffered a fatal stroke."

"Our father is all we have left," he added.

In November 2019, more than 100 Iranian cities and towns were hit by protests sparked by a government's decision to raise gas prices, with many demonstrators chanting against the Iranian Republic.

Daris and his brother, Moshen, were arrested in Mahshahr on charges of "waging war against God, inciting disorder and participating in the murder of Reza Sayadi," a member of the special police forces known as NOPO.

The Mahshahr Revolutionary Court sentenced Daris to death, and his lawyer said on July 10 that the Supreme Court upheld the sentence without giving any regard to objections she had filed in the case. Daris has denied the charges against him.

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