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Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi

Position: Prosecutor General of Tehran (August 2009 to present)

Sanctions: European Union (April 12, 2011)

In April 2011, the European Union named Jafari-Dolatabadi as an individual subject to sanctions for human rights violations, according to the Official Journal of the European Union. Dolatabadi’s office indicted a number of protesters who participated in the December 2009 Ashura day protests, charging them with moharebeh (crimes against God) which carries the death sentence. He also “ordered the closure of [Iranian opposition leader Mehdi] Karroubi’s office in September 2009 and the arrest of several reformist politicians, and he banned two reformist political parties in June 2010.” [1]

[1]The Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, April 14, 2011.