Fazeli Harikandi, Hossein


Chief justice of Alborz province. "Iran's judiciary says it has issued indictments for 201 people over their participation in antigovernment protests in the central province of Alborz. Hossein Fazeli Harikandi, the chief justice of the province, said on October 24 that those indicted are the "main and active agents," mainly because they invited people to protest on social media."1 

"Eleven people, including a woman, had been summoned and charged over the killing of Basij member Ruhollah Ajamian, said Alborz province’s judiciary chief Hossein Fazeli Harikandi. The indictments followed an investigation launched after images posted on social media networks showed 'a group of rioters assaulting and killing' Ajamian, the judiciary’s Mizan Online website quoted him as saying. 'Rioters attacked this security officer, who was unarmed, stripped him naked, stabbed him with knives, beat him with brass knuckles, stones, and kicks, and then dragged his naked and half-dead body on the asphalt street and between cars in a horrific manner,' Harikandi added. Some face charges of 'corruption on earth,' one of the most serious offenses under Iranian law which is punishable by death."2 

"An Iranian judiciary official has said that a woman and 10 men have been charged over the death of a member of the Basij paramilitary force in the city of Karaj last week. Local media quoted the judiciary chief of Alborz province as saying on November 12 that the militiaman, identified as Ruhollah Ajamian, was killed by 'rioters.' The term is used by official to describe anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets across Iran over the past weeks. The official, Hossein Fazeli Harikandi, said that some of those indicted were facing charges of 'corruption on Earth,' which is punishable by death. They are also accused of serious disturbance of public order leading to murder, gathering with the intention to commit crimes against the country's security and propaganda against the state."3 

"An independent lawyer, Ali Sharifzadeh Ardakani, was not allowed to defend Mohammad Hosseini but has studied the case and sought to help him. He said on Twitter he had been allowed to meet Mohammad Hosseini. 'His story was devastating – from torture to getting beaten up with his eyes closed and hands and feet tied up, to kicks in the head to the point that he passed out. From iron rods used to beat him on the soles of the feet and shocks in different parts of the body. His statements in court were made under torture and they have no legal grounds,' he said. The chief justice of Alborz province, Hossein Fazeli Harikandi, has denied the accusations of torture."4 


1. https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-province-200-indictments-crackdown-protests/32098612.html

2. https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-charges-11-for-killing-militiaman-at-ceremony-for-slain-protester/

3. https://iranwire.com/en/politics/109735-11-iranians-charged-over-militiamans-death-un-body-to-address-deteriorating-rights-situation-in-iran/

4. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/dec/30/actor-doctor-engineer-stories-of-iranians-sentenced-to-death-over-killing-at-protest?CMP=share_btn_tw

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