US sanctions two Iranian judges

WASHINGTON, The US designated Thursday two judges presiding over branches of Iran’s Revolutionary Court for “punishing Iranian citizens and dual-nationals for exercising their freedoms of expression or assembly.” The Department of the Treasury said in a statement that in many cases, the two judges, identified as Abolghassem Salavati and Mohammad Moghisseh, “sentenced political prisoners to death.” It added that through their respective branches of the Revolutionary Courts, the two judges “oversaw the Iranian regime’s miscarriage of justice in show trials.” Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin said in this regard that the US “will not be a bystander to ongoing oppression and injustice in Iran.” He affirmed that the US “stands with those who participate in peaceful public dissent and protests.” Both Salavati and Moghisseh have been sanctioned by the European Union for presiding over several “show trials” following the June 2009 Iranian presidential election, imposing “long prison sentences and several death sentences for political activists and journalists.” Earlier today, the European Parliament adopted a resolution denouncing the disproportionate use of force by Iranian security forces against non-violent protesters, where over 300 people have been killed, with many more wounded and thousands arrested amid protests that turned violent across Iran after the government raised petrol prices in November.

Source: Kuwait News Agency