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Iran Claims 26 People Indicted Over Zahedan Bloody Massacre

Thursday, 05/11/2023

Twenty-six people have been indicted for the brutal events of Bloody Friday in Zahedan, which led to the death of 90 civilians.

Ahmadreza Pourkhaqan, Head of the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces, who has travelled to the restive city in Sistan and Baluchestan province claimed Thursday that on the order of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei he is going to serve justice to those affected.

The Bloody Friday crackdown on protesters in the provincial capital of Sistan and Baluchestan in September saw security forces kill more than 90 people, including women and children following protests against the killing of Mahsa Amini and the rape of a 15-year-old Baloch girl by the police chief of Chabahar. Over 300 people were seriously injured.

“Eleven of the defendants in the case are charged with shooting leading to murder and wounding, and the remaining 15 have been indicted for abusing their position, illegal shooting, etc.” added Pourkhaqan.

“If someone has committed a crime, we will deal decisively with them and will not allow people's rights be violated,” alleged the cleric.

Earlier in March, an Iranian lawmaker called for justice for the victims of Bloody Friday. Moineddin Saeedi, representative of Chabahar city, warned President Ebrahim Raisi that the issue should be handled “with special attention”.

The government has failed to conduct a transparent investigation or hold any security officials responsible for the deaths so far.

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