On Thursday, June 2, Iranian media reported that a spokesperson for the Judiciary defended last week’s flogging of students for taking part in a graduation party.
Tasnim News agency, affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, reported that Mullah Gholam-Hossein Eje’ii, the first deputy and spokesman for the Judiciary said the floggings were carried out according to due process of law.
To justify the cruel punishment, Eje’ii claimed that such parties are being led from abroad and the issue is being investigated.
On May 25, State Security forces raided a graduation party in Qazvin and arrested 35 young men and women who were sentenced to 99 lashes on the same day and the sentences were immediately carried out by the “Moral Security Police”.
On May 31, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement condemning “the outrageous flogging” of the 35 youths in Qazvin.