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Execute Prisoners Later.

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This makes horrendous reading:

“According to Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran (HRDAI), the night before the execution of Arash Rahmanipour and Mohamd Reza Ali Zamani, security agents played [a video that aired] their false confessions in an attempt to justify the crime [of executing the two prisoners]. In the video, four other political prisoners under torture were forced to confess.

The four prisoners were arrested late October 2009. Their names are: Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mehdi Saeedi, Abbas Vali Khani, and Borzu Kamrani.

The prisoners have been kept in solitary confinement cells since late October. They have endured physical and mental torture by security agents who had promised to set the prisoners free after their false confessions and a payment of $30,000 USD.

According to reports, the agents forced the prisoners to practice their false confessions. They were made to concentrate on each word and be conscious of their facial expressions while uttering them. To make the confessions look as natural as possible, the agents applied makeup to the prisoners.

The purpose of the false confessions is to create a reason to accuse political prisoners of Moharebeh (waging war against God) so they can be executed later. The purpose of the executions is to create fear among Iran’s civil society.”

Update 1: The trial of three Bahia’s in Iran.

(H/T: Trish)

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01/02/2010 at 04:24

Waging War Against God?

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Would it be possible to create a more inflammatory charge against Iranian protesters?

Apparently not.

It’s not much of a step up from the old Soviet “enemy of the people” label, and probably worse.

The intention is to prejudge the alleged crimes of the protesters and ensure that they are dealt with harshly.

That is what the ruling elite in Iran wants, protesters beaten on the streets, given cursory trials and locked away, as the BBC reports:

“Iran has put 16 people on trial after anti-government protests in December, when eight people died in some of the most violent clashes seen in months.

Five of the defendants are charged with “waging war against God” while the others are accused of public order and national security offences.

They were all arrested over protests on 27 December when Shia Muslims gathered for the religious festival of Ashura.

Street protests have recurred in Iran since the disputed election in June.”

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31/01/2010 at 04:02