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Official says Forouhar's heirs had spared murderers

Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA -- An official of the Iranian military court on Thursday said that the family of the slain political activists Dariush orouhar and his wife Parvaneh Eskandari had submitted their written consent to the court to spare the lives of the murderers.

Head of the public relations office of the military court, Hossein Zarandi, said that the head of the Justice Department of Armed Forces, Mohammad Niazi, had shown the written consent to reporters last June.

"Thus, there is no doubt about the existence of this written consent," Zarandi said as reports had it that a member of the victim family had denied forgiving the murderers.

The military court on Tuesday announced that the Supreme Court had commuted the death sentences of two main convicts in the case to life imprisonment, following the consent of the victims' family.

However, Parastou Forouhar, the daughter of the victims, on Tuesday rejected claims that her family had forgiven the murderers and protested the new court ruling.

Niazi has said that he was surprised by Forouhar's remarks since she and her brother, Arash, in a letter from Frankfurt late last April had indicated that they did not want the implementation of qesas or the Islamic principle of death for the convicted murderers.

Niazi had also said that Nosrat-uz-Zaman Darbinian, Eskandari's mother, in a written consent, registered with the court, had spared one of the convicts -- Ali (Mostafa) Mohseni -- from death.

Rogue elements of the Information Ministry in 1997 butchered orouhar and his wife Eskandari, as well as intellectual activists Mohammad Jaafar Puyandeh and Mohammad Jaafar Mokhtari later, in what was dubbed as "chain murders".

The ministry identified those involved in the killings and brought them to dock.

The main culprit in the case, Saeed Emami (Eslami), committed suicide in jail after congesting a depilatory substance.

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