Iranian protester dies in jail after avoiding death sentence
A man from Iran has passed away while in prison, despite his death penalty being revoked by the country’s highest court. Javad Rouhi had been apprehended the previous year for participating in protests against the government, which were sparked by the demise of Mahsa Amini while she was in police custody.
Mahsa Amini had been detained due to accusations of wearing a hijab that did not meet the required standards.
Reports indicate that Javad Rouhi, aged 35, experienced a seizure while incarcerated and subsequently received inadequate medical care at the hospital, resulting in his death. Activists are placing blame on the authorities for his demise.
“Unfortunately, [Mr Rouhi] died despite the actions of medical staff, and a legal case has been filed to follow up on the reason for his death,” the Iranian judiciary’s news website, Mizan, reported.
However, an hour before the official announcement on Thursday, several human rights activists announced the death of Mr Rouhi on social networks and accused judicial and security authorities of “killing” him.
Mr Rouhi was arrested just days after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in the custody of Iran’s infamous morality police, triggering months of national unrest.
He was found guilty of leading rioters, destroying property, and apostasy for allegedly burning a Quran during a demonstration.
However, activists are currently sharing video clips from last year showing him dancing during the protests.
Amnesty International says he was subjected to floggings, freezing temperatures, electric shocks and had a gun held to his head to force him into confessing.
Mr Rouhi was originally handed a triple death sentence on charges of blasphemy, destroying public property and inciting people against national security by a court in Nowshahr, a city in northern Iran.
However, the sentence was overturned by the country’s supreme court in May, referring his case to another court for re-evaluation.
The court’s review of the case files revealed that Mr Rouhi had participated in the protests individually, and his actions did not align with the legal definitions of “moharebeh” (waging war against God) and “corruption on earth”, offences that can result in the death penalty under Islamic jurisprudence.