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01-28-2010, 05:42 PM

Iran has hanged two men over widespread protests that followed the country's disputed presidential election in June last year, an Iranian news agency has said.

"Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour whose cases were confirmed by a Tehran appeals court were hanged on Thursday morning," the ISNA news agency said.

The pair were convicted of being "Mohareb" or enemies of God, and members of the Kingdom's Assembly, an outlawed pro-monarchist group and the People's Mujahideen, a religious movement.

They were also charged with plotting to topple the Iranian government, ISNA said quoting officials.

The executions were the first carried out for election-related incidents.

'Show trial'

Iranian authorities arrested around 4,000 protesters including journalists and reformist politicians in a massive crackdown in the weeks after the disputed election.

The two were among 11 people sentenced to death on similar charges in the wake of post-election protests.

But Nasrin Sotoudeh, Pour's lawyer, denied that her client had any role in the post-election disruption.

"He was arrested in Farvardin [the Iranian month covering March-April] before the [presidential] election and charged with co-operation with the [monarchist] Kingdom Assembly," Sotoudeh told AFP.

She also said she was prevented from representing Pour at his "show trial" in July and that many of the charges were brought against him when he was a minor.

"He confessed because of threats against his family," she said, adding that she was shocked at the news of the executions since she and her client's family had still been waiting for word from the appeals court.


Baqer Moin, an Iranian author and journalist, said the execution was a "political decision", likely intended to "set an example and to frighten some of the people who may shout a slogans that are not of the liking of the authorities".

"We don't really know which group they belong to, one of them is a monarchist and the other one is the Mujahideen group, obviously the Mujahideen group is not very popular but little is known about the monarchist group," he told Al Jazeera.

"Their lawyers have said that these people were arrested much before the elections, I suppose that they have been used as an example specifically as we are approaching the anniversary of the revolution."

He said: "It is an attempt to make sure that the radicals within the opposition movements are not going to take the lead in the anniversary of the revolution."

The June 12 presidential election plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed widening political divisions.

The reformist opposition says the election was rigged to secure the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president.

Denying fraud, Tehran portrayed the protests as a foreign-backed bid to undermine Iran's Islamic system of government.

05-06-2011, 02:13 PM
Another tug-of-war....

Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Abdul Alhazred on Tehran's general staff - who knew?

05-13-2011, 12:01 PM
Can't tell the players without a score card
The Iranian Death Spiral Resumes

05-22-2011, 01:12 AM
TEHRAN, Iran Iran's Intelligence Ministry claimed Saturday that it has arrested at least 30 people allegedly linked to a CIA-run spy network in accusations that also could spill over into the country's deepening political power struggles.

The announcement on the alleged spy ring gave no further details and appear part of Iran's frequent claims of Western and Israel interference. But the Intelligence Ministry also is at the heart of a messy political showdown and could seek to boost its credentials as a front-line defender of the country.

Last month, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad forced out the intelligence minister as part of government infighting, but the minister was immediately reinstated by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It touched off a high-level battle that included Ahmadinejad boycotting Cabinet sessions and Khamenei's loyalists warning Ahmadinejad he was on dangerous ground by challenging the ruling system.

Hard-liners have since launched pinpoint strikes aimed at weakening Ahmadinejad and his allies before next year's parliament elections and the vote for his successor in 2013. The latest apparent blow was reported Saturday after a court ordered a four-year political ban on one of his vice presidents.


06-24-2011, 12:35 PM
An ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested, according to the country's media. Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh is reportedly accused of corruption and denies the charges. A number of people linked to the president have been dismissed and arrested in recent months.


06-29-2011, 03:17 AM
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's irascible, unpredictable but devout president, may be forced to resign in the coming weeks as a political crisis far greater than the massive street violence which followed his re-election in 2009 threatens to overwhelm him and his court favourites in the government.


10-31-2014, 01:19 PM
A CSM article on Iran's struggle with Jaish al-Adl or Jaish ul-Adl, or Army of Justice alongside the drug smugglers; it's not all brute force there:www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/1030/Facing-its-own-Islamic-State-inspired-militants-Iran-wields-a-smaller-stick? (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/1030/Facing-its-own-Islamic-State-inspired-militants-Iran-wields-a-smaller-stick?)

I knew about the smugglers and some insurgency, not that it related to Iran's Sunni minority who live in the south-east, 10% of the national population.

Zahedan is known as Iran’s lawless “Wild West,” where the bleak desert borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan intersect. Iranian officials, soldiers, and police have lost some 3,000 men during years of combat with heavily armed drug smugglers along a major opium and heroin route to Europe.

.....a sophisticated attack on border post No. 171 in September. In tactics that mirror those used so effectively by the IS in Iraq, a vehicle packed with 1,300 pounds of explosives caused a “cataclysmic” blast that leveled the outer wall, as 70 insurgents in a convoy of six trucks raced to attack.Backgrounder by a Norwegain think tank, from May 2014, 8 pgs:http://www.peacebuilding.no/var/ezflow_site/storage/original/application/31c68a20991b5a98b0dece4fd929c9c8.pdf