0704 GMT July 18, 2019
The special Islamic revolutionary courts were set up last month to try suspects quickly after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for “swift and just” legal action to confront an “economic war” by foreign enemies.
Ejei told reporters on Sunday that the courts handed down out death sentences to three defendants after convicting them of “spreading corruption on earth”, a capital offense under Sharia law.
He did not name the three but said the sentences would have to be upheld by the supreme court before being carried out.
The judiciary official said 32 other defendants were sentenced to jail terms of up to 20 years for economic crimes, the official news agency IRNA reported.
In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Washington has reimposed a number of sanctions on Iran, and it is planning to impose heavier sanctions in November aimed at the Islamic Republic’s oil sector.
The rial currency has lost about 70 percent of its value since April under the threat of revived US sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.
The cost of living has also soared, sparking demonstrations against profiteering and corruption.
Reuters contributed to this story.