May 9th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Iran executes 'anti-revolutionary' prisoners

Iran has executed five people convicted of "anti-revolutionary" activities, including one man hanged for his connections to the 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz, state news outlets reported Sunday.
The four men and one woman were hanged inside Tehran's Evin prison, the official news agency IRNA reported.

"The convicts were involved in terrorist activity, including planting bombs at government centers and public locations in various Iranian cities," the state prosecutor's office said, according to IRNA.

The prosecutor's office identified the condemned as Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Fahad Vakili, Shirin Alam-Houli and Mehdi Eslamian.

Eslamian was hanged for his links to an April 2008 bombing of a mosque in the city of Shiraz that killed 13 people and wounded about 200, IRNA reported. He is the third person executed in connection with that attack.

Iranian authorities at one point blamed the explosion on the negligent handling of live munitions, but later accused a group that hopes to restore Iran's pre-1979 monarchy of carrying out the bombing.

The other four prisoners executed had ties to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, a militant Kurdish nationalist group accused of carrying out attacks in Iran, IRNA reported. According to a statement by the prosecutor's office, Alam-Houli - the only woman to be hanged - confessed to receiving payments to carry out two bombings in Tehran.

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  1. Ben

    No one should ever place a bomb in a civilian place anywhere in the world. specially places that women go to pray and the take their babies with them.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shahin2102

    I'm pretty sure they were all members of the Green Revolution but the IR refuses to admit that because then they would have to acknowledge the power of this movement.
    The IR is falling!
    Long live a Free and Democratic Iran!!
    Zendebad Iran!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. shahin2102

    Kurdo you're a moron

    first of all: "the farsian" is an entire population of Iranians who have nothing to do with the Iranian government as the july protests have clearly shown.
    second: the kurdic areas have always belonged to the Persians and now they belong to Iran as 1 country. If every minority group in Iran claimed independence then Iran would only be the size of Belgium. There are also Azaris, baluch, lor and arabs in Iran but you don't see them crying like babies. I admit that the kurds have been treated bad, but once again, it's the IR doing this, not the Farsi Iranians. Idiots like you should know better than to start conflicts between minority groups in Iran. We have a comon enemy, let's focus our anger on them.
    But once again; I, as a Farsi, feel sorry for the kurds that they have been mistreated. But that is all. You have every right all other Iranians have, but if you're gonna start being separatists, things might go wrong...

    May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Honestguy

    most of those executed dudes killed many people by bombing, they deserve to be sentenced to death. hey all of you guys posting comment with different ideas, what will you want from your country's judicial system if someone kills your familly?! maybe your friends? Irans judicial system is very exagerated but in this case, I think they did the right thing.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Honestguy

    and oh please some of your comments make me laugh, SOME of you are good fools 🙂

    May 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      I do try! Glad to help with the funny.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kurdo

    sahin so howk maybe i am but but it doesny hide your blame if you dont know Sıpayı Pastaran they are trying to get kurdish please with fuchin iran support and besides we sure azerian never been freined with anyone in world they have a differen culture and different semm in their area and i dont know where do you live and i hope you are living in iran and seeing the truth because i dont live there i live north of kurdistan and your nick is looking wellknown so maybe you are a kind of racist (mhp) of turkey. but if accept your opinion and see the thing like you that im sure i do . İTS SURELY VERY GOOD FOR US but i hope you are not a racist of turkey.tammı shahinim?

    May 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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