The Week in Review: August 25th – September 1st

Sep. 1 – The Iranian government said the lawyer for Mahsa Jina Amini had been put on trial, in a report published by reformist news outlet Etemad.

Amini died from injuries she sustained while in police custody on September 16 last year, after being detained for failing to observe the country’s compulsory hijab law.

Attorney Saleh Nikbakht was charged with “propaganda against the system,” for speaking to foreign media outlets and had his first court hearing on Tuesday, according to the Iranian newspaper.

Hacking group Ghost Security, also known as GhostSec, said it had accessed facial recognition software used by Iran’s regime to catch anti-government protesters.

The group said it had been able to extract 26 gigabytes of data, including source code, but added that no facial data had been exposed.

GhostSec, which is believed to be an offshoot of global hacking group Anonymous, was originally set up to attack ISIS websites promoting Islamic extremism.

And Iranian weightlifter Mostafa Rajai was banned for life from the sport by the Iran Weightlifting Federation, after taking a photo with an Israeli competitor during the 2023 World Master Weightlifting Championships.

Rajai, who finished second in his division, was photographed shaking hands with Maksim Svirsky, who finished in third place.

The incident was called “unforgivable” by the federation, alluding to a longstanding feud between Iran and Israel. A state affiliated newspaper said Rajai had “crossed the red lines of the Islamic republic,” in a report by the media outlet.

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