An Iranian protester holding a photo of Mahsa Amini during an anti-regime rally in Rome

Uncle Of Mahsa Amini Receives Lengthy Prison Sentence

Sunday, 02/11/2024

The uncle of Mahsa Amini who was detained around the anniversary of the Kurdish girl’s killing, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Safa Aaeli, 30, also received additional penalties including a travel ban and prohibition from expressing views about the government forces involved in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement, Hengaw organization for human rights reported Sunday.

Charges against Aaeli include “participating in protests against internal security, disseminating anti-government propaganda, and insulting the Supreme Leader.”

During his detention, Aaeli was subjected to brutal assault by intelligence forces at his residence. He was temporarily released on bail from Sanandaj Central Prison on October 17, after 42 days of detention, upon posting a heavy bail until the completion of the judicial proceedings.

Various campaign groups, among them Amnesty International, have leveled accusations against Iran, alleging the arrest and interrogation of relatives of people killed in the protests. Their purported aim is to coerce silence and deter further demonstrations from unfolding.

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