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01/29/10

Hardliner Cleric Commends Iran Executions, Wants More

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Ayatollah Ahmad Janati told today's worshipers at Tehran's Friday Mass prayers that it is no time to show "mercy" and if we show any "weakness," we will run into difficulties. He called on the Head of the Judiciary to confront "rioters" firmly without mercy.


Ahmad Janati

He went on to commend Ayatollah Larijani, Head of the Judiciary for issuing the death sentence of the two detainees that were hanged yesterday.

Yesterday, Mohammadreza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were executed in connection with the post-election events and according to Tehran Prosecutor's Office another nine death sentences have been issued that will be executed if approved by the appeals court.


Arash Rahmanipour (left) and Mohammadreza Ali-Zamani

Ayatollah Janati criticized the failure of authorities to execute the perpetrators of similar reformist protests that took place ten years ago, and he maintained: "if you show any weakness now, a worse future will await you."


Basij militants shooting at protesters during Ashura protests in Tehran on December 27

The opposition supporters have ignored repeated orders and threats by authorities to stop protesting. They have continued to hold rallies despite government's refusal to issue them permits. At least 8 people were killed by security forces during the Ashura protests in Tehran on December 27 when the security forces opened fire on them and in some cases ran over them with police cars. The protesters fought back firecely in response to the attack by security forces and Basij militia.

In the past seven months over five thousand election protesters have been arrested and at least 40 have been killed.

Reportedly, many detainees have been abused and tortured. A parliamentary probe into the treatment of post-election detainees was recently released confirming that a group of detainees were severely abused and at least three of them were killed as a result of torture and beatings while in jail.

Read full report of the Friday Prayers by ISNA (in Persian)

 

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