World outcry at hanging of Kazemi and Aghai

Some press coverages over the killing of Kazemi and Aghai : Iranian regime at its weakest


Iran hangs two activists held in 2009 poll unrest - Lead

01/24/2011 07:24 - IRAN-POLITICS-EXECUTION - World News (EAA) - AFP

TEHRAN, January 24, 2011 (AFP) - Iran hanged on Monday two political activists held during the 2009 presidential election unrest, state media reported, despite a plea by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their release.

State television's website, quoting the Tehran prosecutor's office, named the pair as Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei. It did not say where the two men were hanged.

'Two elements of the Monafeghin (hypocrites) cell named Jafar Kazemi... and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei... were executed early today,' the prosecutor's office said, referring to the Iranian exiled opposition group, People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI).

On August 10, Clinton had urged the Iranian authorities to release the two activists


Report: Iran hangs 2 men who made videos of post-election turmoil

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iran hanged two men Monday for their actions during post-election unrest in 2009, state media reported, months after the United States' secretary of state called for Iran to drop the "imminent" executions.

Iran's Press TV described the men as terrorists and members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).

Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aqaei were hanged on Monday "for distributing placards and photos of the terrorist group, making videos and images during the post-election unrest in Iran in 2009 and chanting slogans in favor of the MKO," the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

In an August 2010 statement, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Iranian government to halt the executions of the men who were "exercising their right to free expression."

"The United States is deeply concerned that Iran continues to deny its citizens their civil rights and intimidate and detain those Iranians who seek to hold their government accountable and stand up for the rights of their fellow citizens," the statement read.

"... We are also concerned about the fate of Iranians who are in danger of imminent execution for exercising their right to free expression after the June 2009 elections, including Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei, and Javad Lari. The United States urges the Iranian Government to halt these executions in accordance with its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and imprisoned human rights defenders."

Canadian Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has hanged two members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen convicted over the 2009 post-election turmoil.

The official IRNA news agency says Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei were executed Monday after an appeals court upheld their death sentences.


Two Political Activists Hanged in Iran

January 24, 2011

Local media say two Iranian political activists have been hanged in Tehran.

The Tehran prosecutor's office is reported to have said in a statement that the two men, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, were hanged January 24 for having ties with an exiled Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), and for "rioting" during protests in 2009 against the disputed reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Last January, another member of the PMOI along with a monarchist dissident were executed for their involvement in the post-election protests.


Iran hangs election protesters

Iran has executed two activists who took part in street protests in the wake of the 2009 presidential election result.

Jafar Kazemi and Mohammed Ali Hajaghaei were members of the exiled opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).

The PMOI has recently been taken off the EU’s list of terrorist organisations although it remains on the United States’ terrorism list. Despite this Washington had called for the prisoners’ release.

The two men were involved in street protests that followed the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

Iran’s prosecutor’s office said “these two hypocrites were members of an active network of the said group and were involved in the (post election) riots under the guidance of their ringleader in England.

“The convicts had resorted to distributing pictures and banners related to the Monafeghins (hypocrites), taking photos and films of the clashes as well as chanting slogans in favour of the group.”

They are thought to be the first of the election protesters to be executed. Around a dozen people have been sentenced to death for involvement in the unrest.

Iranian authorities are said to be increasing the number of judicial killings. Citing official sources, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
claims that 97 people have been executed in the past 30 days, most of them for drugs offences.

Iran hangs 2 convicted opposition members

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has hanged two members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen convicted over the 2009 post-election turmoil.

The official IRNA news agency says Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei were executed Monday after an appeals court upheld their death sentences.

It says they filmed and distributed footage of massive anti-government protests that swept Iran after the disputed presidential election in June 2009. The opposition contends Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won through ballot fraud.

The two men were also accused of visiting the group's base in neighboring Iraq for training.

The opposition says more than 80 demonstrators were killed in the post-election unrest. The government puts the deaths at 30, accusing the opposition of seeking to topple the ruling system.

Iran: 64 people executed in 24 days

Six people executed in Islamic Republic on Monday alone, including two opposition activists, three rapists, one serial killer

Dudi Cohen
Unprecedented wave of executions in the Islamic Republic. Iran executed six people on Monday bringing the number of executions since the beginning of 2011 to 64, an average of one person every nine hours.

It was reported that among those executed were two activists who were members of an exiled group that joined post-election protests. The Tehran prosecutor's office named the two as Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei. In addition, those executed included three men accused of sexual assault and a serial killer who was sentenced to a public flogging.

Besides drug charges, the Iranian constitution gives out a death sentence for murder, rape, adultery, armed robbery and espionage. Most of the citizens executed since the beginning of the year were convicted of drug offences. Just last week, ten drug smugglers were executed. National media outlets reported that the ten were flogged and fined before they were killed.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran accused the regime's security forces of participating in an "execution celebration" though Tehran claims that they stiffened drug offence sentences in a bid to cope with the phenomenon.

The regime's critics claim that the fact that drug use and trafficking - especially among the younger sectors in the population - is expanding proves that the death sentence policy has failed. They called on the Republic to end its cruel execution policy

Iran is considered the country with the highest rate of executions in the world, relative to the population, and ranked second after China, in the number of annual executions. Last year, at least 180 people were executed in Iran


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