EU protests planned Iran executions

Associated Press
The European Union has urged Iran to stop the planned executions of nine people accused of involvement in post-election turmoil.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says the announcement this week of the executions "is part of a disturbing trend to intimidate opposition protesters."
She said in a statement Friday the EU opposes "capital punishment under all circumstances and calls on Iran to institute an immediate moratorium on executions."
Iran carried out on Jan. 28 the first two executions to result from a mass trial that began in August of more than 100 opposition activists.
The opposition has accused authorities of using the hangings to frighten its supporters ahead of the Feb. 11 anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


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