The Treasury Ministry on Wednesday announced sanctions against the top Iranian official overseeing the prosecution of protesters and key military figures who have cracked down on demonstrations in recent months.
Iran has been rocked by mass protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by the regime’s so-called morality police for allegedly not wearing a hijab.
Sanctions announced on Wednesday include Iran’s Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who issued an order in late September for courts to impose harsh sentences on protesters.
Two officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and two senior officials from the Iranian Basij Resistance Forces, a paramilitary force controlled by the IRGC, were also sanctioned.
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“We condemn the Iranian regime’s increasing use of violence against its own people who stand up for their human rights,” Treasury Department Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement.
Since the protests began about two months ago, nearly 500 people have been killed and more than 18,000 arrested by authorities, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, an organization that monitors the protests.
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Two prisoners have already been executed. Majidreza Rahnavard, who is accused of fatally stabbing two members of a paramilitary force, was publicly hung from a construction crane in Masshad earlier this month. Another prisoner, Mohsen Shekari, was executed in December. 8th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.