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US sanctions Iran’s morality police after Mahsa Amini’s death

Amid growing protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, the US Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police.

Image shows an Iranian newspaper with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police. (Image: Reuters)

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police accusing it of abuse and violence against Iranian women and of violating the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters, the U.S. Treasury said.

The Treasury also said it had put sanctions on the heads of the Iranian army’s ground forces and of the morality police as well as on Iran’s minister of intelligence. It held the morality police responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in custody last week after being arrested in Tehran for wearing “unsuitable attire.”

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