Death For Throwing Rocks

by Patrick Appel


The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran confirms that twenty-year-old Mohammad Amin Valian, a student at Iran’s Damghan University [who testified in court that he threw rocks at security forces and plainclothes militiamen, but further added that these rocks did not actually strike anyone] has lost his case in Iranian appeals court; Iran’s judiciary upheld Valian’s death sentence in connection with the December 27th Ashura protests. Valian is among 11 others who were charged with “moharebeh”, or waging war against God, the most serious offense one can be charged with in Iran.