Iran Wire reports that a soccer player who played professionally in Iran was given the death penalty for his protests against Mahsa Amini’s murder.
26-year-old Amir Nasr-Azadani was detained in November in connection with the murders of a police colonel and two members of a volunteer militia.
According to Iran Wire, he has been charged with “waging war against God” and will be hung.
The international soccer players union, FIFPRO, expressed its shock and disgust over the news in a statement on Monday.
We demand the quick revocation of Amir’s sentencing and declare our support with him, the statement read.
Since the death in detention of 22-year-old Amini in September, who was arrested by the morality police on suspicion of flouting the nation’s stringent regulations regarding head coverings, there have been numerous rallies around Iran.
She was allegedly beaten by police after they forced her into a van, according to witnesses.
Nasr-Azadani last appeared in November 2017 with Tractor of the Persian Gulf Pro League, but he hasn’t appeared since.
He is one of 28 Iranians who have received death sentences for participating in the protests, according to Iran Wire.
Three of those are kids who have all been charged with “corruption on Earth.”
The three kids were allegedly subjected to physical abuse while they were being held captive, according to the BBC’s Persian service.
Iran carried out its first death in response to the protests on December 8.
According to The Guardian, Mohsen Shekari was put to death after being charged with blocking a thoroughfare and injuring a Basij militiaman who supported the regime in September.
In a video that was purported to be Shekari’s confession, state media showed him with facial bruises.
Shekari was allegedly tortured and made to confess, according to human rights organizations such Iran Human Rights, which is based in Oslo.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the group’s director, urged a strong international response to Shekari’s death, warning that “else we will be facing regular executions of protestors.”