Five Iranians facing trial belong to exile group: IRNA
Five detainees from opposition protests last month are members of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, a state news agency said.
Five detainees that Iran plans to put on trial in connection with opposition protests last month are members of the armed People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), a state news agency said on Friday.
The PMOI is an exile group opposed to Iran's Islamic system of government.
It is the main faction of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which has thousands of followers in Europe and the United states.
Last year the gorup was removed from a European Union list of banned terrorist groups despite criticisms by Iran but it remains on a separate U.S. list.
"The five accused whose files have been sent to revolutionary court under the charge of 'moharebeh' are members of the counterrevolutionary terrorist group," Tehran general prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was cited on IRNA as saying, in referring to the People's Mujahideen group.
IRNA said on Thursday that five unidentified detainees would face the charge of 'moharebeh', an Islamic term meaning warring against God that carries the death sentence.
Eight people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi on Ashura, the day of ritual Shi'ite mourning that fell on Dec. 27.
Dolatabadi said some members of the outlawed Baha'i faith who were under arrest in connection with the Dec. 27 riots had played a role in organising the protests.
"These individuals were arrested both for organising Ashura riots as well as playing an effective role in the dispatch of pictures of Ashura riots abroad," he said.
Reuters Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2010, 12:38