Two Kurdish Iranian journalists to be executed

Two Iranian Kurdish journalists were to be executed in the Kurdistan province in north-western Iran, state news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

Two Kurdish Iranian journalists to be executed
Two Iranian Kurdish journalists were to be executed in the Kurdistan province in north-western Iran, state news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

IRNA quoted judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi as saying the two, from the Kurdish city Sanadaj, were to be executed on charges of "Moharebeh", an Islamic term meaning enmity with God and considered a capital crime.

The two journalists, identified by international rights groups as Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed Botimar, were sentenced earlier this month by a revolutionary court in Kurdistan.

The exact charges brought against the two were not clear, but they reportedly had contacts with foreign and Iranian opposition media.

According to IRNA, seven people are to be executed in the north- eastern Khorassan province and another one on Thursday in Tehran.

Tehran's chief prosecutor Saaid Mortazavi had said that 16 criminals were executed last week and 17 more death sentences were issued against convicts on similar charges.

Under Iranian Islamic law, murder, rape, armed robbery, drug- trafficking of quantities in excess of five kilos and apostasy are punishable by death.

DPA
Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2007, 19:41
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