Two political prisoners hanged in Tehran
Source: Radio Zamaneh
authorities executed two political prisoners, Ali Saremi and AliAkbar Siadat,
for the charge of "enmity against God", at Evin Prison today.
Ali Saremi was accused of membership in People's Mojahedin Organization and Ali
Akbar Siadat was charged with links to and activities for Israeli secret
According to Islamic Republic media, the 62-year-old Ali Saremi was first
arrested in the early 1980s and handed a three year suspended sentence for
supporting the People's Mojahedin Organization. He was later arrested against
for the same charge in 1988 and his death sentence was reduced to 10 years by
Qom Supreme Court.
He was accused of travelling to Ashraf Camp in Iraq where People's Mojahedin
Organization has been based since the Iran-Iraq War. Iranian authorities claim
that after this trip, he became more active in connection with the People's
Mojahedin Organization which the Islamic Republic considers as one of its
Human Rights websites on the other hand cite Ali Saremi's wife who claims that
she travelled to Ashraf Camp with her husband to visit their son in 2005 which
led to a year's imprisonment for Saremi.
She adds that her husband was released after a year and again arrested in 2007
while attending a commemoration service for the mass execution of political
prisoners of 1989, and had been in prison since then.
Ali Saremi was transferred yesterday from RejaiShahr Prison to Evin and executed
today at 1:30 pm. Iranian Human Rights Activists report that Saremi's family and
a number of other supporters had gathered in front of Evin Prison last night but
the security forces arrested his wife and child along with a number of the other
Zeynab Saremi, the daughter of Ali Saremi, informed the Campaign for Human
Rights in Iran that her family and their lawyer were not informed of the
execution and only her father's inmates had informed them of the possibility of
the execution being carried out.
The other executed prisoner, AliAkbar Siadat was accused of collaboration with
Israeli secret services in exchange for $60,000.
State reports regarding Siadat maintains that he was arrested in 2008 while
trying to "flee" the country when he was arrested and his links to Israel were
discovered on his cell phone.
The report contends that Siadat "confessed" to getting in touch with Israel
embassy during his business trips abroad and supplying them with classified
Since espionage cases are carried out in complete secrecy, there are no
independent reports regarding AliAkbar Siadat.
On Sunday, Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced that a prisoner
had been sentenced to death for the charge of espionage.
Following the post-election protests, the Islamic Republic has become more eager
in processing execution sentences for political prisoners and the opposition has
accused the establishment of using the death penalty as a tool for the
intimidation of protesters.
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