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European Union countries adopt new sanctions against Iran for repression of protests

The countries of the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom included this Monday more than 40 civil servants and organizations of Iran on their sanctioned lists, as a result of the repression of the protests that are shaking the country, said concurring sources.

The EU sanctioned 37 officials and organizations of the Islamic republic. It is the fourth round of sanctions by the Union against Iranand was adopted during a meeting of the European foreign ministers in Brussels.

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The complete list with the names of the sanctioned persons and organizations must still be published in the Official Gazette of the EU.

The EU It has already sanctioned more than 60 Iranian officials and organizations for the repression of the protests that broke out after the death of the young Mahsa Amini, who was in police custody for failing to comply with the strict dress code.

Among those sanctioned are senior officials and the Tehran morality police, commanders of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and state media.

However, for now the member countries of the EU they have not decided to classify the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group, despite calls made by Germany and the Netherlands.

The Iranian government has already warned the EU against that possibility.

This Monday the head of diplomacy of the EU, Josep Borrellsaid that before adopting that determination it is necessary that there be a legal ruling in one of the states of the bloc.

“We can’t say: ‘I consider you a terrorist because I don’t like you.’ This can be done when a court of a member state issues a legal statement, a specific conviction.he explained.

By your side, United Kingdom sanctioned five more people, including Iranian Deputy Attorney General Ahmad Fazelian.

According to the British government, the deputy prosecutor is responsible for “a judicial system characterized by unfair trials and disproportionate punishment, including the use of the death penalty for political reasons.”

“Alireza Akbari was a tragic victim of this brutal system”London added, referring to this British-Iranian executed on January 14 after being found guilty of spying for UK intelligence services.

Among the others sanctioned this Monday are Kiyumars Heidari, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army, and Hosein Nejat, a person in charge of the Guardians of the Revolution in charge of security in Tehran.

“Those sanctioned today (…) are at the core of the regime’s brutal repression of the Iranian people,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

Source: Elcomercio

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