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Iran protests: five sentenced to death over killing of paramilitary member

State media referred to ‘rioters’ in killing, a term commonly used by the government to refer to protesters

Iranian authorities have sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing a member of a paramilitary force affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, state media reported. 11 others received prison sentences.

The 13 men and three minors – none of whom have been identified – were charged with killing Ruhollah Ajamian, a member of the Basij, a paramilitary volunteer branch of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, according to the report from IRNA, Iran’s state news agency, on Tuesday.

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