Iranian gets death sentence for stone throwing
A STUDENT who was arrested for throwing a stone during pro-democracy demonstrations is to be executed, Iran said yesterday.
Mohammad-Amin Valian, a 20-year-old Islamic studies student, was arrested on the basis of a photograph taken at a mass demonstration on December 27 against the disputed presidential election last year.
He was among six convicted of the Islamic crime of "moharebeh", or waging war against God.
Mr Valian's plight has become a rallying point for opponents of the regime and the announcement is the latest blow to the movement.
Clashes were reported last night as Iranians celebrated Charshanbe Soori, a pre-Islamic bonfire night, in defiance of warnings of severe retaliation from the regime.
Video uploaded on to the internet showed students challenging the security cordon at two universities, and squares in Tehran witnessed outbreaks of violence.
State media had warned people to stay away from the traditional celebrations and said that thousands of extra police and security forces had been deployed. Leading opposition figures renewed their protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in messages to mark the festival. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)