Tehran summons Britain’s ambassador

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Iran’s foreign ministry on Saturday summoned the British ambassador to Iran, Simon Shercliff, amid sanctions imposed by London on Iranian judicial officials.

In a statement, Iranian diplomacy said Ambassador Shercliff was summoned to the Foreign Office, which protested against “the British authorities’ support for terror and unrest” and against the “imposition of illegal sanctions against Iranian officials”.

The statement pointed out that the British sanctions related to the protests constitute “interference in Iran’s internal affairs”.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has informed the British ambassador that Tehran reserves the right to respond to British sanctions in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, the statement added.

On Thursday, Iran’s judiciary, Mizan, said authorities executed Mohsen Shekari, a rioter accused of blocking Sattar Khan Boulevard in the capital Tehran on September 25 and stabbing a man with a machete Bassidj (member of the Revolutionary Guards).

The judicial body said Mohsen Shekari was executed on Thursday morning in Tehran following his conviction by the Revolutionary Court, the US agency ‘Associated Press’ reported.

The Mizan agency clarified that Shekari was arrested on September 25 and charged on November 20 with “brandishing his weapon with the intent to kill, cause terror and disrupt public order and security”, a crime generally punishable by death .

Iranian justice had sentenced five people to death on Tuesday for killing a paramilitary during the demonstrations, bringing the number of death penalty convictions to eleven.

Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

The young woman died on September 16 under unusual circumstances, after being arrested by the vice squad in Tehran for allegedly breaking the Iranian dress code.

Iranian authorities have tried to argue that Amini’s death was caused by a heart attack that occurred while he was in custody, but this explanation has not been convincing, with protesters and her family claiming she was beaten to death.

*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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