Sunday, May 9, 2010
WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DAY?
Five Hanged in Secret, Twenty Seven others Facing Hangman’s Noose
(9 May 2010) The sudden execution of five Iranian political prisoners today appears to signal a government policy of relying on politically-motivated executions to strengthen its position vis-à-vis its opposition through terror and intimidation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said.
The Campaign condemned the execution of five political prisoners, including Farzad Kamangar, a 34-year-old teacher and social worker, who was charged with Moharebeh (taking up arms against God), convicted and sentenced to death in February 2008, after a seven-minute long trial in which “zero evidence” was presented. Four others also executed included Shirin Alam Holi, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian.
“Kamangar was arbitrarily arrested and set up to be killed in a staged trial, with no opportunity to present a defense,” stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.
“These secret executions are, in reality, nothing more than state-sanctioned murders, and provide more evidence of the Islamic Republic’s brazen contempt for international human rights standards,” he said.
Kamangar’s lawyer, Khalil Bahrmian, told the Campaign that he was in shock because judicial authorities had reassured him and Kamanger that the charges against his client have been found to be baseless and he was no longer in danger of execution.
“I keep thinking this is a bad nightmare and I am going to wake up from it and Farzad is alive. It just doesn’t make sense,” he said. Kamangar’s family have also told the media that they had received similar assurances and no one had informed them of the execution, either before or after it had taken place.
Shirin Alam Holi, a 28- year- old Kurdish women was also executed today. In several letters recently written from Evin prison she denied charges of terrorism against her and said she had been tortured to make such false confessions in front of television cameras, which she had refused.
At least sixteen Kurdish political prisoners and eleven post-election protestors are in danger of similar unannounced and sudden executions.
The Campaign and other human rights, teachers and labor rights organizations have fought strenuously for Kamangar’s life. In a letter of 31 July 2008, the Campaign appealed to the then Head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, to commute his sentence and investigate a series of major legal irregularities, breaches of due process and grave human rights violations, which occurred in the course of his arrest, incarceration, and trial.
Kamangar was held incommunicado for seven months after his arrest in July 2006. There is strong evidence that Kamangar was tortured.
His lawyer has stated that no evidence could be found in his interrogation records, file, or in presentations by prosecutors or the judge’s decision to support the charge of Mohareb.
Kamagar’s trial lasted no more than seven (7) minutes, three (3) of which were consumed by reading the indictment against him. Neither Kamangar nor his lawyer was permitted to speak at the trial.
The sixteen other Kurdish prisoners in danger of execution are: Zeinab Jalilian, Habibollah Latifi, Shirkoo Moarefi, Hussein Khazri, Rostam Arkia, Mostafa Salimi, Anvar Rostami, Rashid Akhkandi, Mohammad Amin Agooshi, Ahmad Pooladkhani, Seyed Sami Husseini, Seyed Jamal Mohammadi, Hasan Talei, Iraj Mohammadi, Mohammad Amin Abdollahi and Ghader Mohammadzadeh.
The nine post-election protestors facing execution include: Mohammad-Amin Valian, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Aghaee, Abdolreza Ghanberi, Motahareh Bahrami, Mohsen Daneshpour, Ahmad Daneshpour, Rayhaneh Haj Ebrahim, Hadi Ghaemi (not related to the Campaign’s director of the same name).
Iran's Nobel Prize winner - Shirin Ebadi sued the government newspaper Kayhan for libelresulting in the editor Sharyatmadari being summoned to court. The trial also lasted a mere SEVEN minutes during which only HE was allowed to speak, wherr he repeated what he had sritten in a slanderous tirade at the end of which the court session ended and no witness nor the Ebadi lawyer was allowed to particpate.
Note: in a general repression in advance of the coming protests on the anniversary of the "selection" of the President "Usurper" (Ahmadi-Nejad not Obama), Tehran police arrested some 80 people in night raids for attending a clandestine music concert and immoral clothing.
They are promising more raids to arrest people at parks (usually gays and people with pets, which are now forbidden in public, while gays are supposed to be extinct in Iran) and to crack down (pun intended) on drug addicts, who live mostly on the streets and accost people like our San Francisco panhandlers (smile).
Unlike the pandhandlers many of those arrested for any reason will not live through the event. And women will usually wish they were dead after the sadistic sexual abuse they endure.
Sadly, our Marxist-Islamist Oba-Hussein Administration which receives funds and support from the Mullahs and are a bunch of Chicago street thugs, feel closer to the Mullah regime thuggery than to the pain of the people.
The same attitude appears increasingly in their dealing with our American populace, where we have their wishes thrust down our throats with a disregard similar to the Mullahs.
To raise awareness regarding political executions in Iran, the Campaign has released this short video below.