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Khamenei: Riots in Iran were planned by Israel, US

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the widespread protests over the killing of Mahsa Amini on Israel, the United States, and paid Iranian dissident agents without giving any explicit evidence, saying that they were ‘planned by the Zionist Regime,’ in a speech on Monday afternoon.

Protesters have said that Amini was tortured to death over an extended period by morality police for violating Iranian moors related to women covering their heads with the religious hijab head-covering.

Global and domestic critics of Iran have demanded an independent investigation of her killing, but on Monday Khamenei clearly rejected those calls, saying that Iran’s regular judiciary would probe the issue.

Iran’s judiciary has itself in the past been accused of endorsing or covering up similar incidents of torturing or killing civilians for appearing to violate religious customs or dissident political views…”

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