Five dissidents sentenced to death in Iran

2009/11/17

News about five more death sentences against supporters of the opposition in Iran were published on November 17 2009 in at least four German weekly magazines or newspapers as well as on two TV channels. The links will be given below. This is a summary of the facts given in the reports:

Five supporters of the opposition who participated in the protests against the re-election of president Ahmadinejad in June have been sentenced to death. State owned TV channels with reference to the Ministry of Justice reported that the convicts were accused of membership in armed terrorist organizations. Among their charges are violations of public security, propaganda against the Islamic Republic, damage to public and private property, and attacks on civilians and security forces. Further charges range from agitation and espionage to planning a coup and inciting a revolution to overthrow the spiritual leadership in Iran.
Several hundreds (one source speaks of “thousands”) of protesters had been arrested and put on trials at the Revolutionary Court. At least 3 of them had been sentenced to death until last Tuesday.

Sources:
Süddeutsche Zeitung http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/425/494758/text/
Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,661896,00.html#ref=rss
Focus http://www.focus.de/politik/ausland/iran-fuenf-oppositionelle-zum-tode-verurteilt_aid_455165.html
Stern http://www.stern.de/politik/ausland/iran-fuenf-oppositionelle-zum-tode-verurteilt-1522621.html#utm_source=standard&utm_medium=rss-feed&utm_campaign=alle
ARD (TV channel) http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/iranproteste108.html
ZDF (TV channel) http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/16/0,3672,7930992,00.html

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