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Political Executions Indication of Government’s Insecurity | International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran | 20100509

Die grafik "http://englishtogerman.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/ichri_100510.jpg?w="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 Bahramian, 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. Expressing his bewilderment at the contradiction between the authorities’ assurances that Kamangar is found innocent and his sudden execution, Bahramian said “I don’t know what forces are behind these executions that can demonstrate complete disregard for the Judiciary’s own rules and regulations.” “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. [...]"


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