Five Political Prisoners Executed In Tehran

Sunday 9 May 2010

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Five Iranian political prisoners were hanged this morning in the Tehran’s Evin prison.

Fars news agency announced that the five individuals “were involved in terrorist operations including bombing of public and government centres in various cities of Iran.”

The prosecutor’s office issued a statement saying that “Tehran Prosecutor’s representative and defense attorneys of the accused were present in all the stages of their trial.”

Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian and Farhad Vakili were arrested in 2006 and 2007 and sentenced to death for membership in Turkey’s Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) a separatist movement that both Turkey and Iran regard as a terrorist organization.

Shirin Alam Holi was arrested in 2008 by the Revolutionary Guards and was accused of “Moharebeh (enmity toward God) through cooperating with the Kurdish opposition group, Pezhak.” In December of 2009, she was sentenced to death.

Mehdi Eslamian, according to Tehran Prosecutor’s office, was found guilty of involvement in the bombing of Hoseinieh of Seyed ol-Shohada in Shiraz.

Several more Kurdish political prisoners are in imminent danger of execution in Iran’s prisons.

Last November, Ehsan Fatahian, another Iranian Kurdish prisoner, was executed for “armed activity against national security.”

The Islamic Republic appears to have fast tracked the death row process in the past months in reaction to the growing protests in Iran.


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