Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Cops in Tehran Riot
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian court on Monday handed down death sentence for a rioter that had driven a bus into a group of police officers during a February mob attack in north Tehran.
Mohammad Salas, driver of the bus that killed three police forces and wounded a number of others during the February 19 disturbance on Tehran’s Pasdaran Street, was sentenced to death under a court ruling released on Monday.
The convict appeared in three court sessions before facing the death penalty. He will have a period of 20 days for an appeal to the court.
During the clashes on Pasdaran Street, Salas drove a bus into a group of police officers, killing three and wounding a number of others. In a separate attack, one member of the Basij forces was run over and killed, while another was stabbed to death.
Police spokesperson said 30 police forces were injured and many public and private properties were destroyed in the riot.
The security forces were trying to quell a disturbance involving Gonabadi Dervishes, a Sufi community in Iran.
In comments after the attack, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said security forces will harshly counter violent law-breaking to prevent a recurrence of the recent mob attack.