Iran’s top court halts death sentence of young protesters

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) — Iran suspended the execution of three young men who participated in a November protest after the country’s Supreme Court decided to review their case, state TV reported yesterday.

An appeals court had upheld their death sentence over leading riots, committing robbery and sending video of their activities to foreign media. But lawyers for the three expressed hope that a new review of the case would lead to a “nullification” of the death sentence.

If the Supreme Court agrees, Iranian law allows those convicted to appeal again even after an appeals court has upheld the original verdict.

The death sentence identifies the three as Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi. Their case has prompted an outcry in the country and a popular hashtag for stopping the implementation of their death sentence topped Iran’s Twitter trends and had been retweeted more than four million times.