The candidates of rival factions consisted of individuals who in the past three decades played the main roles in the religious fascism ruling Iran. For example, the Rafsanjani-Rouhani faction has three ministers of intelligence, including Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri, Ghorban-Ali Dori Najaf-abadi and Mahmoud Alavi. Ali Raizani is a criminal judge who has played a key role in the past three decades in executing and massacring thousands of people in Iran, and the export of terrorism abroad.
The rival slate consisted of Mohammad Yazdi, Mahmoud Shahroudi and Sadegh Larijani, three judiciary chiefs of this regime, meaning the apparatus responsible for murders, crimes and executions. This slate included Guardian Council chief Ahmad Jannati, and Mesbah Yazdi, known as the head of the most fascist factions of the regime.
On Saturday, February 27, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, a grand gathering entitled, “Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism” was held in Paris-France composed of a number of political dignitaries, intellectuals, prominent personalities, and activists of the equality movement from 26 countries of the four continents.
Participants pointed to the successful example of the Iranian Resistance in realizing equality and pioneering role of women. They emphasized that with solidarity and unity of action, women can play a decisive, key role in the fight against fundamentalism and realization of equality
The matter came to light earlier this week after Shahindokht Molaverdi revealed it during an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency in rare comments from a senior government official highlighting the country’s high rate of executions of drug traffickers.
“We have a village in Sistan and Baluchestan province southeast Iran where all men have been executed,” she said, without naming the place or clarifying whether the executions took place at the same time or over a longer period. “Their children are potential drug traffickers as they would want to seek revenge and provide money for their families. There is no support for these people.”
The Guardian, Independent, wrote on 26 Feb. that
Maya Foa, from the anti-death penalty campaigning group Reprieve, said: “The apparent hanging of every man in one Iranian village demonstrates the astonishing scale of Iran’s execution spree. These executions – often based on juvenile arrests, torture, and unfair or nonexistent trials – show total contempt for the rule of law, and it is shameful that the UN and its funders are supporting the police forces responsible.”
Activists have repeatedly urged the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to stop funding Iran’s anti-narcotics campaign until Tehran ends its use of capital punishment for drug-related offences. It emerged last year that the UN anti-drug agency was finalizing a multi-million-dollar funding package, including European money, for Iran’s counter-narcotics trafficking programs, despite the country’s high execution rate of drug offenders. The new $20m (£14.4m) UNODC programme for Iran was signed at the start of 2016, Reprieve said.
After Molaverdi’s comments, Foa renewed the organisation’s demands, saying: “UNODC must urgently make its new Iran funding conditional on an end to the death penalty for drug offences.”
Iranian regime officials in phases 17 and 18 of gas projects in Asaluyie, southern Iran, threatened their workers they will be fired from work if they boycott the elections. These officials also appointed an agent to fill voting papers for the workers and the workers were not allowed to fill the voting forms themselves.
Tabatabaei did so, using false names, such as Gary Sean Williams and Alex Moore. He also made false representations about who the end-users would be.
The other B.C. man named in the indictment, Seyed Mohammad Akhavan Fatemi, helped arrange payments for the items and their shipment into and out of Canada, prosecutors say.
Tabatabaei remains in U.S. custody and is expected to be transferred to California in coming weeks.
Fatemi owns a company called the IRCA Group, the indictment states. The company describes itself online as being an “independent builder focused on creating new and thriving neighbourhoods.”
According to the indictment, equipment was purchased from companies all over the United States, including California, New Jersey and Ohio.
Tabatabaei apparently ran into problems in September 2010, telling Moradi in an e-mail Canada’s export control regulators had blocked his account in order to stop his export operations, the indictment said. He attached a letter from the Canadian government entitled Sanctions against Iran.
Moradi suggested Tabatabaei should sue the Canadian government, the indictment said. But Tabatabaei responded he could not win such a lawsuit.
However, during Tabatabaei’s detention hearing in Washington state this week, a federal prosecutor reportedly told the court that even though sanctions against Iran have eased, supplying items to the Iranian military was still prohibited.