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Canada sanctions judges of Iran’s Revolutionary Courts over human-rights violations

OTTAWA — Canada has levied sanctions against seven Iranian officials, citing their role in gross and systematic human-rights violations in the country’s criminal justice system.

Global Affairs Canada says Iran’s Revolutionary Courts are notorious for issuing death sentences and harsh prison terms following sham trials relying on evidence gathered under torture.

It is the twelfth package of sanctions imposed by Canada against the Iranian regime since October, following widespread protests calling on Tehran to respect human rights and freedom.

The measures prohibit dealings with the listed individuals, effectively freezing any assets they might have in Canada.

Individuals listed in response to gross and systematic violations of human rights are also inadmissible to Canada under federal immigration law.

Canada has sanctioned a total of 163 Iranian individuals and 192 entities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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