USA accuse Iran of murder

2010/01/29

Published in the political roundup of “Süddeutsche Zeitung” on January 29 2010
Source (German): http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/392/501646/text/

One of the protesters who was executed in Iran: Arash Rahmanipour (Archive picture, taken in the summer of 2009) is claimed to have been a member of the monarchist resistance group Tondar. Photo: AFP

The US government has strictly condemned the execution of two Iranian opposition supporters, referring to it as “murder”. “We see it as a low point in the Islamic Republic’s unjust and ruthless crackdown of peaceful dissent. Murdering political prisoners who are exercising their universal rights will not bring the respect and legitimacy the Islamic Republic seeks. It will only serve to further isolate Iran’s government in the world and from its people.”, said White House deputy spokesman Bill Burton on Thursday.

The two dissidents had been arrested after the recent mass protests against the controversial re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and together with nine other protesters been sentenced to death. According to reports of Iranian media, both men were members of monarchist groups and the People’s Mojahedin Organization. Tehran considers these groups as terror organizations.

(dpa)

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