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Iran: Mousavi condemns execution of political prisoners


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi condemned the sudden execution of five Kurdish prisoners in Tehran and likened it to the "unjust judicial procedures that have led to the awe-striking sentences issued for scores of Iranian citizens in recent months."

"When the judiciary rather than supporting victims stumbles toward protecting those in power, it is difficult to stop people from recognizing the cruelty and injustice of these sentences," MirHosein Mousavi said in a statement published on Kaleme website.

He criticized the judiciary sending five individuals to the gallows despite the presence of significant "margins of doubt" in their charges, yet failing to prosecute "the perpetrators of crimes committed in Kahrizak Detention Centre, at Tehran University dorm, at the demonstrations of June 15th and 20th and Ashura Day, and also quickly closing the widespread cases of corruption."

Yesterday the Islamic Republic judiciary executed five Kurdish political prisoners under great secrecy. The sudden and unannounced execution of Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Alam Holi, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian shocked their families and attorneys who were not given proper notification.

Human rights groups as well as Iranians abroad condemned the executions and in Paris angry demonstrators even attacked the Islamic Republic embassy which led to altercations with French police.

The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran contends that the government is using these politically charged executions to create an atmosphere of fear amongst people and quell the possibility of further protests.

In the past eleven months, Iranians have been engaged in various forms of protest against the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which the opposition claims was fraudulent.

The full text of Mousavi's statement regarding recent executions:

The sudden execution of five of the citizens of this country without giving any clear explanations regarding their charges, prosecution procedure and trials to the people, is just similar to the unjust trend that in the recent months have led to the surprising sentences for many caring women, men and citizens of our country.

When the Judiciary shifts its position from supporting the oppressed toward supporting authorities and those in power, it is hard to stop people from judging that the judiciary sentences are unjust. How is it that today the courts pass on those who ordered and committed the crimes of Kahrizak prison, University dormitories, Sobhan complex, the days of 15th and 20th of June and Bloody Ashura, and closes the thick corruption cases before opening them and then suddenly on the eve of the month of Khordaad (June), the month of consciousness and seeking justice, hangs these five individuals with so many unanswered questions?! Is this the Alavi justice that you were after?!

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