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Iran to Execute Nine Opposition Protesters

February 2, 2010

The same day that two Iranian opposition protesters were executed last month, Ebrahim Raisi, the deputy head of Iran’s judiciary, announced that nine more opposition protesters are set to be executed. He said those handed sentences were reportedly linked to counterrevolutionary groups and planned to overthrow the Islamic regime.
The announcement of the new sentences was issued on January 28, but the defendants’ lawyers have appealed the initial verdict. The same day, Iran hanged two opposition protesters, reportedly linked to monarchist groups.
Many believe the regime carried out the two executions and announced the execution of nine others to deter opposition protesters from coming out to stage mass demonstrations February 11, during the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The two who were executed were Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani, 37 and Arash Rahmanipour, 19. They were with part of a group of 11 people who were all sentenced to execution on charges including “waging war against God” and being members of armed groups.
Some hardliner Iranian clerics, like Ayatollah Jannati, have supported the executions and even called for more executions as a way of stifling the opposition. But on Monday, Judiciary Chairman Sadeq Larijani, said such demands were “political in nature and are against the law and Shari’a.”
The Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Hojjatoleslam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi as saying, “The enemy and the pagans should be treated harshly and mercilessly, and the system’s anatomist bandits need to be executed, and we won’t hesitate in doing so, since this is a rational security rule. When the Supreme Leader says something, obeying is obligatory,” said Pour-Mohammadi, a former Interior Minister.
So much for the 1979 revolution, which was supposedly waged to get rid of such authoritarian rule.