Iran halts execution of three protesters after online campaign

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Iran has halted the executions of three men who were sentenced to death over anti-government protests last year, according to one of their lawyers. Babak Paknia told reporters that a request for a retrial had been accepted by the supreme court. The decision comes after a hashtag against their execution was used millions of times online. Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi – who are reported to be in their 20s – were among thousands of protesters across Iran who took to the streets in November against the government’s decision to raise the price of petrol… Iran carries out more executions than any other country, except China, and has continued to use the death penalty despite dealing with the Middle East’s biggest outbreak of Covid-19.