Monday, February 23, 2009


Man hanged in south-western Iran
Iran Focus, reported on 17th of February that authorities hanged a man in south-western Iran, state media reported on Tuesday. The man was identified only by his initials A. Y.He was hanged in the city of Bushehr, the semi-official daily Kayhan reported, without stating the date of his execution.At least 59 people were executed in Iran in January.
Another execution in Iran Associated France Press reported on Saturday that an Iranian man who was sentenced to death by stoning after he was found guilty of having illicit relations with a teenage girl has been hanged, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Abdullah Fareivar, a 50-year-old music teacher, was hanged on Thursday in a prison in the northern town of Sari, the Etemad Melli newspaper said. It said Fareivar was sentenced to death despite his family saying his relations with the 17-year-old girl were not illicit as he had entered into a contract marriage with her and that his first wife was aware of it. Under Iran’s Islamic law, adultery is still punishable by stoning, which involves the public hurling of stones at a partially buried convict. A man is buried up to his waist and a woman up to her shoulders.

Man set himself on fire in protest against regime in Tehran
Protesting against the clerical regime, one of the Iran-Iraq war handicapped persons set himself on fire outside the Martyrs’ Foundation building in Tehran and died, the state-run Jomhouri-e-Eslami reported.The daily wrote: He was named Hojjat Farzad and was a resident of Khorramabad; in order to follow his problems, he and his wife referred to the Martyrs Foundation, and outside the building he poured gasoline on his body and set himself ablaze that led to his death.Also another Iran-Iraq war disabled person had set himself on fire last week outside the Iranian Parliament and died.

Nine million criminal cases in mullahs’ judiciary
Mahmoud Salar-Kia, Tehran’s deputy prosecutor, described nine million open cases in Iranian regime’s judiciary in 2008, 'as alarming,' reported the state-run daily Etemaad on Wednesday. He was appointed to the job in 1998 when there were five million criminal cases before judicial system. In ten years the figures have doubled and he found them 'alarming' for a country with a population of 70 million. 'In next two years we will be faced with an influx of 10 to 12 million cases,' Salar-Kia said. He attributed much of the disaster to mullahs’ regime economic and social policies. Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the head of the mullahs’ Judiciary, said on February 27, 2008, 'The trend of legal cases in the Judiciary is overwhelming. The creation of eight million judicial cases during the past year signifies a legal and judicial malady as well as a serious harm to society.'

Iran still not cooperating on nuclear programme: IAEA chief
According to Associated France Press on Feb 17, 2009, Iranian regime has failed to provide any clarification on the possible military dimension of its nuclear programme, the UN atomic watchdog’s chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Tuesday. ’Iran right now is not providing any access, any clarification with regards to the whole area of the possible military dimension,’ said ElBaradei who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).’They are not following what the Security Council asked us to do, that is ’please clarify this issue’,’ he said at a conference in Paris.Iranian regime has faced three sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment activities but Tehran has pressed on with its controversial nuclear work.
The New York Times wrote on February 20th that in their first appraisal of Iran’s nuclear program since President Obama took office, atomic inspectors have found that Iran recently understated by a third how much uranium it has enriched, United Nations officials said Thursday.The officials also declared for the first time that the amount of uranium that Tehran had now amassed - more than a ton - was sufficient, with added purification, to make an atom bomb.In a report issued in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it had discovered an additional 460 pounds of low-enriched uranium, a third more than Iran had previously disclosed. The agency made the find during its annual physical inventory of nuclear materials at Iran’s sprawling desert enrichment plant at Natanz.

Demonstration outside the White House in protest to limitations on Ashraf
The Iranians staged a demonstration outside the White House on Friday February 20 to protest limitations and pressures on Ashraf residents and their families.The demonstrators also revealed and condemned the brutal attacks on PMOI member families and their arrest in Tehran by the Iranian regime. Referring to limitations the Iranian regime imposes on Ashraf residents through its agents in Iraq, Moslem Eskandar Filabi, NCRI’s chairman of sport commission, said in his speech: 'Those who promised to prevent pressures against Ashraf residents according to the international law must comply with their commitments. But as far as the Iranian people are concerned, we stand here to the end for freedom of Iran, and continue our support for Ashraf residents.' The solidarity messages of the families of Ashraf residents in the United States and Canada were read out in the demonstration.

Iranian regime offered a deal to stop troop attacks in Iraq for West ignoring its nuclear drive
The mullahs in Iran offered the European countries to stop killing their troops in Iraq and asked them to turn a blind eye on its drive to obtain nuclear weapons in return. Sir John Sawers, Britain’s current ambassador to the United Nations, told the BBC that Iranian officials had privately admitted their role in supporting insurgents’ roadside bomb attacks on British and US troops. 'The Iranians wanted to be able to strike a deal whereby they stopped killing our forces in Iraq in return for them being allowed to carry on with their nuclear program,' Sawers told the BBC.He paraphrased the terms of the proposed deal as: '’We stop killing you in Iraq, stop undermining the political process there, you allow us to carry on with our nuclear program without let or hindrance’.'Apparently, the mullahs’ official had proposed the deal in a series of they had with their counterparts in European capitals. 'There were various Iranians who would come to London and suggest we have tea in some hotel or other,' Sawers told the BBC.'They’d do the same in Paris, they’d do the same in Berlin, and then we’d compare notes among the three of us.'