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Iran temporarily suspends one protest-linked execution


Protesters hold portraits of jailed protesters during a rally in Lyon on Jan. 8, 2023 against the Iranian regime. (Credit: Philippe Ksiazek/AFP)

Iran's supreme court has temporarily suspended the execution of death row convict Mohammad Boroghani who was found guilty of charges related to the country's wave of protests, the judiciary said Wednesday. 

The ruling came after the defendant's lawyer "filed a request for the resumption of the legal proceedings for his client," said the judiciary's Mizan Online news agency.  

Boroghani, whose trial opened on Oct. 29, was accused of wounding a security officer with a knife, torching a state office in Pakdasht southeast of Tehran and "sowing terror among the citizens."

He was found guilty of "moharebeh,"or "war against God," and condemned to death, a sentence upheld by the supreme court on Dec. 6. 

According to rights groups outside Iran, he is 19 years old. 

Iran has been rocked by protests sparked by the Sept. 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after she was arrested for violating the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women. 

Boroghani is one of 18 people sentenced to death in connection with the protests, according to a count compiled by AFP from official announcements. 

Of these, four have been executed, sparking an international outcry. 

Iran's supreme court has temporarily suspended the execution of death row convict Mohammad Boroghani who was found guilty of charges related to the country's wave of protests, the judiciary said Wednesday. 

The ruling came after the defendant's lawyer "filed a request for the resumption of the legal proceedings for his client," said the judiciary's...