EU set to approve new sanctions against Iran after protesters executed

Josep Borrell, EU

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# 22 May 2023 14:05 (UTC +04:00)

EU foreign ministers are set to approve additional sanctions against Iran on Monday, after the execution last week of three men convicted of killing security forces members during protests last year, APA reports citing the National News.

This will be the eighth time since October that Brussels will have imposed sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities involved in the repression of the protesters.

Sanctions include an asset freeze and a travel ban to the EU.

“We will approve a new package of sanctions against Iran for human rights abuses,” the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell told reporters in Brussels as he arrived at the meeting of foreign ministers.

“Remember that three people have been executed.”

On Friday, Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi were hanged in the central city of Isfahan.

They had been sentenced to death in January after being found guilty of “moharebeh” – waging “war against God” – for killing two members of the Basij paramilitary force and a police officer on November 16, according to the Iranian judiciary.