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Iranian opposition leaders slammed for speaking out against executions

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi

Tehran Prosecutor General slammed Iranian opposition leaders for speaking out against the execution of five political prisoners on Sunday and warned that this is "a fresh crime" that will be added to their list of offenses "once the time for the prosecution of the heads of sedition arrives."

Fars news agency reports that Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi claimed the execution of the five political prisoners on Sunday has no connection with the post-election unrest.

Dowlatabadi criticized the leaders for making condemnatory remarks without being aware of the judicial files of these individuals and insisted that the membership of the executed prisoners in "anti-Revolutionary" groups justify their execution according to the teachings of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

Without directly naming Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Prosecutor General indicated that the opposition leader "has no right to dispute the final decisions of the courts and make statements that only suit the enemies of the Islamic Republic regime."

Mir Hossein Mousavi is one of the Iranian opposition leaders who condemned the recent execution of five political prisoners in an announcement and described them as "unjust."

The five executed political prisoners

Dowlatabadi reacted to the announcement saying: "These actions are an attempt to get ahead of everyone to say that whatever sentence is issued by the judiciary has no credibility."

He accused Mousavi of publishing lies and added: "Most of his stances (Mousavi's) and those of the other defeated candidate of the recent elections (Mehdi Karroubi) are criminal but the regime has postponed their prosecution for a more appropriate time."

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are the two candidates of the June presidential elections that have disputed the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 and claim the ballot was rigged. The controversy triggered widespread protests in Iran which started with mass street protest in the cities of all major cities of the country.

The government has adopted a policy of violent oppression against the peaceful protesters and so far thousands have been arrested and many have received heavy sentences ranging from execution to imprisonment and exile.

While the five people executed on Sunday were not directly connected with the post-election events, the opposition and human rights groups have suggested that the Islamic Republic carried out the sudden executions, which were carried out without proper notification to respective attorneys and families, to create an atmosphere of fear so that the public will refrain from participating in any possible protests for the upcoming anniversary of the disputed June elections.

Dowlatabadi also declared that ten post-election detainees who were arrested during the Ashura Day protests have been accused of "Moharebeh" (enmity with God) and three of these sentences have been upheld by the appellate court.

Tehran Prosecutor identified the three individuals as Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam and Abdolreza Qanbari.

Dowlatabadi added that they are connected with the dissident group, People's Mojahedin of Iran Organization and they have asked for "clemency."

He also announced that the death sentences of Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghai, who according to Dowlatabadi are also members of People's Mojahedin, have been approved by the appeals court.

He went on to say that Motahareh Bahrami Haqiqi, Reyhaneh Hajebrahim Dabbaq and Hadi Ghaemi are three individuals who were sentenced to execution in the preliminary court, but the appeals court reduced their sentences to imprisonment.

He also maintained that Arsalan Abadi and Mohammad Valian were acquitted from the charge of "Moharebeh."

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