Five Kurdish Citizens Executed in Iran

2010/05/09

Published by German public TV channel “ARD” on 9 May 2010
Source (German): http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/iran1090.html
English translation provided by @germantoenglish

Executions in Iran are often carried out in public, and attended by onlookers.

The Iranian Judiciary has executed five members of a Kurdish organization. Four men and one women were hanged in the early morning hours in Evin prison north of Tehran. This was reported by the official news agency IRNA.

Kurds said to have carried out attacks
Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili, Mahdi Islamian and Shirin Elmholi were sentenced to death in 2008. IRNA, referring to information from the prosecutor’s office, reported that an appeals court confirmed the verdicts in March. They were charged with “Moharebeh” – a term describing crimes against the state and Islam.

Also, they are said to have been involved in bombings. Ms. Elmholi was accused of having planted an explosive device underneath a vehicle belonging to the Revolutionary Guards.

According to IRNA, the five executed individuals were members of the PEJAK organization which is considered the Iranian wing of the Kurdish Labour Party (PKK). In recent years, the Iranian-Iraqi border area repeatedly witnessed sporadic clashes between PEJAK fighters and Iranian forces.

Six drug dealers executed on Saturday
On Saturday, six convicted drug dealers were hanged in a prison in the city of Karaj to the West of Iran. The death sentences had been confirmed by the Supreme Court in Tehran shortly prior to the execution. Illegal drug trafficking involving more than 5 kg of drugs carries the death penalty in Iran.

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