Sunday, January 31, 2010


Two people hanged in connection with unrest in Iran
FRANCE 24 reported on January 28, that Tehran hung two men at dawn on Thursday, the first executions in connection with the widespread demonstrations following the disputed June 12 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were charged with being members of a monarchist group and Mohareb, or enemies of God, who had planned to assassinate government officials as part of an attempted coup. Nasrin Sotoudeh, the lawyer for 19-year-old Rahmanipour, said her client was detained before the June poll and took no part in the post-election unrest. 'He was arrested in Farvardin (the Iranian month from March-April) before the election and charged with cooperation with the Kingdom Assembly,' she told Associated France Press. Sotoudeh described the charges against her client as 'political' and the court’s verdict as 'illegal and unjust'. He confessed because of threats against his family,' she said. Sotoudeh said she was shocked to hear of Thursday’s executions because both she and Rahmanipour’s family had been waiting to hear from the appeals court. She added that she had not been allowed to represent him at his initial trial in July, which she called a “show trial” in her remarks to AFP. In this country the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Friday issued a statement on the execution of two Iranians and the deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran. The statement reads: “Canada is deeply concerned by reports that the Government of Iran executed Mohammad Reza Ali-Zammani and Aresh Rahmanipour on January 28, 2010. The Iranian government’s ongoing persecution of Iranians for their political or religious beliefs or their ethnic affiliation is unacceptable.” “Canada once again calls on Iran to meet its domestic and international legal obligations, and further urges Iran to ensure that due process is respected for those detained.”

National Council of Ressistance of Iran said in its statement on January 27th that the mullahs’ henchmen hanged a man on Wednesday in the central city of Esfahan, state-run Fars news agency reported.The man identified as Jamshid Hadian, 59, was executed in front of Esfahan 'court house,' the report said.

Huntsman stops sales in Iran on concern for government actions
Huntsman Corp., the world’s biggest maker of epoxy adhesives, said its foreign subsidiaries will discontinue sales in Iran due to concern over the government’s handling of protests of last year’s presidential election. The small amount of business done there does not justify the reputational risk currently associated with doing business with entities located in Iran due to growing international concern over the policies of the current regime,” Huntsman said in a statement. Siemens also says it would reject new orders from Iran. German engineering conglomerate Siemens said on Tuesday it would reject any further orders from Iran as world powers consider imposing wider sanctions on Tehran over its disputed nuclear activity.

Chants of”death to dictator“in large rally by pilgrims at Massoumeh Shrine in Iran
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at 8 pm local time on Thursday, January 28, 2010, a large number of pilgrims gathered inside and outside the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom and held protests with chants of “death to dictator” on the fortieth day after the death of Ayatollah Montazeri. The protests came amid the hanging of two political prisoners by the regime and the sentencing of 11 more on charges of “moharebeh” (waging war against God).

Monireh Rabei Sentenced to 5-Year Jail Term
Last Sunday, Monireh Rabei, an former political prisoner, was sentenced to a five-year jail term by branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Pirabasi.The sentencing is connected to her contact with her uncle, who is based in Ashraf Camp, in Iraq. On October 7th, Ms. Rabei, 32, a chemical engineer, appeared in branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court’s investigative unit in response to a call by the court for inquiries, following which she was placed under arrest. Ms. Rabei is suffering from breathing difficulties and allergies, and despite her ailment she was held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s section 209 for 20 days, then was transferred to section 350, the women’s unit. Ms. Rabei has rejected the charges and has announced that her contact with her uncle is merely based on kinship. Camp Ashraf is a base for almost 3400 members of the People’s Mojaheding of Iran who have vowed to overthrow the Iranian regime.