EU targets Iranian judges, media bosses with sanctions

The move brings to nearly 90 the number of people targeted by EU asset freezes and visa bans.

EU targets Iranian judges, media bosses with sanctions

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on an Iranian police unit monitoring the Internet, as well on several judges and media bosses.

The move brings to nearly 90 the number of people targeted by EU asset freezes and visa bans.

Among those newly listed is a judge, Morteza Kiasati, who imposed death sentences on four Iranian Arab political prisoners.

"They were arrested, tortured and hanged without due process," the European Union said in its official journal. "These cases and the lack of due process were referenced in a report ... by the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran."

Iran accused the U.N. special rapporteur of bias.

A judge the European Union says was responsible for imposing death sentences on five other Iranian Arabs was also included.

It was not clear whether the sentences against the five have been carried out.

Mohammad Sarafraz, the head of both IRIB, Iran's state broadcaster, and Press TV, the state English-language television news channel, was listed. Press TV's newsroom director was also similarly listed.

Last Mod: 12 Mart 2013, 13:43
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