As Iranians protest for their freedom, Germany provides safe haven to “prosecutor of death”

While thousands of Iranians continue to take part in widespread anti-government protests in Iran, Germany has come under criticism for offering a safe haven to Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, former chief justice of Iran, also known as the “prosecutor of death,” to obtain medical treatment.

Shahroudi was the chief justice of Iran from 1999 until 2009, a bloody decade where thousands of political prisoners were arrested and tortured, and hundreds more executed. Also under his reign as the chief justice of Iran adolescents including Behnoud Shoajai were executed shortly after turning 18, for alleged crimes they had committed while they were young offenders.

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