Sunday, June 03, 2012


Eight prisoners were executed simultaneously in Oromyeh on Thursday May 31. On May 30, Kourosh Zarrini, 35, was hanged in Evin prison in Tehran, after suffering 7 years imprisonment.  He was amongst those prisoners in Ghezel Hesar prison who had protested the mass execution of prisoners on March 15, 2011. On Friday May 25, a 26 year old young man was hanged publicly in city of Lar (Fars province). The state media referred to the reason for his execution, for 'a lesson for people'. The Iranian regime executed 3 people in Fars Province and one in Ilam, State run Asr-e Iran reported. Department of Justice in Fars announced that 3 individuals who have been convicted to execution in courts in Shiraz, Neyriz and Zarrin, were executed after their legal processes were carried out.
Another state run media also reported that one individual was hanged in public in the city of
Ilam on May 4. According to Associated Press May 15, the Iranian regime has hanged a man who was sentenced to death for the 2010 killing of a nuclear physicist, state TV reported Tuesday. Majid Jamali Fashi, who had been accused of being an agent of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, was hanged in Tehran on Tuesday morning, the broadcast said.
Tehran University physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi was killed by a bomb-rigged motorcycle that exploded outside his house as he was leaving for work in January 2010. He had no publicly disclosed links to Iran’s nuclear program. Jamali Fashi, 24, was tried and convicted last August, and subsequently sentenced to death in Mohammadi’s killing. His lawyer appealed the verdict but Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the execution order issued by a lower court, paving the way for the hanging.

According to Reuters June 1st, a U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a U.S. terrorism list. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled for the group, Mujahadin-e Khalq, or MEK, which has sought to force the State Department to take it off the list or decide within a specified time period on its request to be removed. The appeals court ordered Clinton to either grant or deny the group’s petition in four months. If she fails to take action in that time, it said it would set aside the U.S. government’s designation of the group as a foreign terrorist organization.
The appeals court, however, rejected the group’s request for a 30-day deadline.
In arguments before the appeals court on May 8, an administration lawyer said
Clinton planned to rule on the group’s request in about two months, after its refugee camp in Iraq closes.
The MEK was added to US terrorist list in 1997, but the group has said that it has renounced violence. The group, which has pushed for the overthrow of
Iran’s clerical leaders, found itself no longer welcome in Iraq under its new Shi’ite-led government that came to power after Saddam Hussein’s downfall in 2003. As a result of the MEK’s listing as a foreign terrorist organization, Americans have been barred from supporting the group and its members or representatives have been banned from entering the United States.
The appeals court ruled nearly two years ago that Clinton had violated the group’s rights and instructed her to 'review and rebut' unclassified parts of the record she initially relied on and say if she regards the sources as sufficiently credible. It said
Clinton had yet to make a final decision. 'We believe the secretary’s delay in acting on (the group’s) petition for revocation is egregious,' the appeals court said. The appeals court said it declined to immediately revoke the group’s designation in light of 'national security and foreign policy concerns.'