Monday, January 23, 2012

Maliki releases Iranian regime’s terrorist from Iraqi prisons
According to Iraq’s Al-Rafidain TV, sources close to Maliki’s office have revealed that based on instructions received from the Iranian regime’s envoy in Baghdad, Maliki has ordered the release of all prisoners belonging to the groups affiliated to the terrorist Quds Force. These sources have said Maliki has ordered 52 prisoners consisting of senior leaders of ‘special groups’, such as paramilitary units of battalions belonging to the Hezbollah, Assaeb Ahl al-Haq and the so-called Promised Day Brigade.

Freedom Messenger a Persian website said: Since the start of the New Year, the Iranian regime has begun a campaign of death, executing 1 prisoner every 4 hours.  If the regime continues its rampage, by the month’s end they will have executed 186 individuals. If the rate of their killing spree continues further, by the end of the year Iranian regime will have murdered over 2,200 individuals.  The regime has used an assortment of charges against such prisoners, in order to try to legitimize the massacre. The charges against each individual range from terrorism, espionage, drug trafficking, enmity with God, rape, and so on.  Each of the prisoners has gone through a judicial system that offers little fairness, transparency, or due process. As a result, differentiating between ordinary criminals and opponents of the regime can be very difficult.  Many prisoners face trumped up charges despite committing purely political offenses. Aside from leading the world in executions per capita in 2011, and being second only to China in the number of executions annually, Iran is currently the only country which still executes minors.  In September of 2011, 17-year-old Alireza Mullah Soltani cried and begged for his life as he was publicly. 

Irwin Cotler the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in Iran, wrote in Natioanl post on Jan 21st that Iran’s Supreme Court has now confirmed the death sentence of Iranian-born web programmer Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian permanent resident. Malekpour was convicted of “crimes against Islam” and “spreading corruption on Earth” – which have emerged as classic trumped-up charges in the Iranian pattern of the criminalization of innocence. For supposedly creating pornography websites in Iran, Malekpour is set to receive the death penalty. It should be known that Iran has been on an execution binge. This past December, Amnesty International reported on the escalation of Iranian executions, even by wonton Iranian standards. Six hundred people were put to death between the beginning of 2011 and November alone. While many of these executions were for alleged drug-related crimes, this category, too, recently has become a catch-all for the suppression of dissidents. Mr. Cotler added: This case should serve as the wake-up call that the Canadian needs to sanction the IRGC and list it as a terrorist entity. The United States has already labelled it as a terrorist group, while the UN and EU have imposed various sanctions against the IRGC and its leaders. It is regrettable that Canada continues to dither with regard to listing it as a terrorist entity here in Canada. The hope is that pressure from the international community may yet convince Iran to drop the false charges in this case and free Malekpour – allowing him to return to Canada. But however this case ends, the time has come to sanction the IRGC, and list it as a terrorist entity.

8 people who held discussions and criticized Islam and religion in an internet social network were sentenced to 54 years of prison combined
These eight people were mostly arrested between July and February 2011 for being active in a social network and criticizing and studying the conventional arguments and reasons in religious views. After the Intelligence Agency arrested them, they were tortured and forced to make confessions on state-run TV. They were kept in solitary cells for a long time and [intelligence agents] tried to link them to European embassies and countries despite the fact that they had only discussed religious issues on the internet. Most of these people were treated violently and were mentally and physically tortured for a prolonged amount of time.

A man accused of rape was publicly hanged
A 31 year old man accused of rape was married and had two children and was employed. He was sentenced to public hanging and 99 lashes after legal procedures and his sentence was carried out. He was hanged on Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 according to Fars state run news agency.