A young Iranian man sentenced to death for his actions during the protests over the death of Mahsa Amini has been sentenced to a stay of execution, according to his lawyer.
Mahan Sadrat was one of nearly a dozen Iranians sentenced to death after being convicted of capital crimes during nationwide protests that erupted in mid-September.
“My client Mahan was saved from execution,” proclaims attorney Abbas Mousavi in an Instagram post.
Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA quoted a statement by the Supreme Court’s media office as saying that Sadrat’s death sentence had been “stayed”.
Sadrat, in his early 20s, had been convicted of “moharebeh” – or “enmity against God” – an offense against Islamic Sharia law, which carries the death penalty in Iran.
His conviction was based on allegations that he had drawn a knife, sparking fear and insecurity, Iran’s official news agency IRNA said.
The Iranian judiciary has handed down 11 death sentences in connection with the protests.
Mohsen Shekari and Majidreza Rahnavard, both 23, were hanged last week, the latter in public rather than in prison as has been the norm in Iran in recent years.