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Iran: Mousavi says executions are sign of troubled system

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi spoke out against the high number of executions in Iran and described it as a symptom of the troubled system of the Islamic Republic.

artwork by Mana Neyestani, Iran

Last Sunday, the Islamic Republic executed five political prisoners in a sudden and unannounced hanging. Mir Hossein Mousavi condemned the executions in an earlier announcement.

In a meeting with some of the recently released political prisoners and some of the families of the detainees, he expressed deep concern about "torture and coerced confessions" in Islamic Republic prisons.

He said these reactions are a result of a "violent" way of thinking in government bodies that is only trying to "protect the interests of a very specific group," Jaras website reports.

The former Prime Minister of Iran stressed: "We must stand against oppression and defend people's rights whatever their ideology and way of thought may be."

"Even the worst of criminals and the most dangerous offenders of a society must be treated with human dignity," Mousavi said; "their punishment should match their crime, and their family and dignity should not be attacked."

In the post-election events, thousands of protesters have been arrested and some of them have been allegedly tortured. Reportedly some of the families of the detainees have also been subjected to government pressure.

Mir Hossein Mousavi commented on the recent government decision to issue visas for the mothers of the three American detainees in Iran asking if the mothers of Iranian detainees will also be granted the same right to visit their children in jail.

The three US citizens were arrested in August by Iranian border police for illegal entry into Iran. Iranian authorities have accused them of "espionage."

In another section of his speech, the opposition leader commented on how election protesters against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial re-election came to the streets only to ask for their votes last June. He said: "When they were confronted and they began to analyze matters, they realized that these confrontations are connected with other issues. So their demands have expanded, not by accidents or from sheer anger, but rather through deeper analysis."

Protests against the alleged fraud in Iran's June presidential elections have continued all across Iran in the past eleven months and a number of protesters are currently planning further protests for the anniversary of the disputed elections in June.

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