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. Bonnie R

    I am sure they had fair trials....yep...right. Executed for exercising freedom of speech.

    May 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. i.haq

    What has happened to CNN. Do you read your own writing . Read it again, Ist sentense and later , who was hanged and how many men and women. What asorry state of affairs.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    The Iranian government does far worse, sponsoring, training, supplying, controlling and directing suicide bombers to explode themselves at targets within Iraq, including government buildings, mosques, markets, funerals, schools, hospitals, employment locations, hotels, restaurants. The Iranian leaders (religious and political) and nothing but thugs in power. They are not servants of any God, but seek to glorify themselves, consolidate their power, and rule with an iron fist, imprisoning, torturing and killing those who dissent or express criticism. The world has had no shortage of such leaders. Make no mistake, Iran's leadership are as evil as Hitler. And like with Hitler, their day of reckoning shall soon be upon them.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. B. Bejat

    You are executing people of free Iran, because the Islamic non-Iranian rejime is trying to hang into the power by scaring the nationalist Iraninan. Follow the history, you will not last much longer.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. silkymcnasty

    Oh yes, I am sure they all had fair trials. They were probably no where near that mosque ever in their lives.
    Where they were was demonstrating against the "landslide" victory for Armedinijad.
    Though our country will eventually use any pretext to go get their oil too, I will be glad to see him go. I will be glad to see our drones pound all those idiot clerics into a fine red mist.
    I joined the Marines in 1980 to free our hostages and get Ayyatollah Kohmeini but he died before anything like that could happen. So, I will accept this idiot in his place and call it good.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. silkymcnasty

    Notice also the confessions. Who confesses to anything nowadays. Nobody ever confesses. But if your thumbs are in a thumbscrew vise, you will say anything I imagine. What wonderful confessions you receive when you hold a blowtorch to someones private parts huh?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. hosseyn

    killing and terrorizing will unleash gods wrath onto the so called islamic republic of Iran-they as islamic scholars should know this better than any one else.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Soroush

    I fail to see how bombing a mosque is a freedom of speech right?
    27 people were killed in Shiraz and you people do is ***** about the trial.

    Who cares half the posters here work for the Israeli lobby anyways.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris Dowd

    The executed had charges, trials, and were executed. That's far more than the over 100 "detainees" tortured to death in secret American gulags ever had. And it is far more than the thousands of prisoners the US is holding without charges- some going on near a decade now.

    I find it rather funny all these posts condemning Iran, a country surrounded by the biggest military in the world that covets their oil and that daily beats the war drums against them and whose major politicians openly talk about funding covert ops in their country to overthrow their government, while the two US senators just proposed a bill to strip any accused "terrorist", even American citizens, of all rights.

    And last time I checked- Iran didn't openly reserve the right to assassinate its own citizens on the say so of the President- as Barak Obama just did last month.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Dowd

    So a bomb went off in Iran and killed some people in 2008. Iran arrests a bunch of people, charges them with the crime- has trials- a verdict is reached- and then they executed them.

    A dud bomb fizzles in Time Square- and two US senators propose a bill to strip US citizens of all rights if just accused of a terrorist act.

    Hmmmmm yeah. And if that bomb did go off in Times Square and killed some people- does anyone think the suspect would have got a civilian trial? This country is so weak and cowardly- it is one terrorist attack away from a full blown police state.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Martyrs relative

    Only the first 10 years after the Iranian islamic government came to power, they arrested and execute more than 35000 people. These people (mostly young people) were active in different political parties which were against this barbaric regime.
    The Iranian islamic government have been lied all the time about the reason for theit executions (to lie and misleading is the specialty for this barbaric regime)
    It is time that the world reacts against this barbaric regime and stops their economical relation with this regime. There is blood on the oil money you earn from this barbaric regime.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. silkymcnasty

    Hey Saroush go soak your head for awhile and wrap a towel around it...we are saying that they didn't even do the crime.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Martyrs relative

    Only the first 10 years after the islamic Iranian government came to power, they arrested and execute more than 35000 people. These people (mostly young people) were active in different political parties which were against this barbaric regime.
    The Iranian islamic government have been lied all the time about the reason for executing (to lie and misleading is the specialty for this barbaric regime)
    It is time that the world reacts against this barbaric regime and stops their economical relation with this regime. There is blood on the oil money you earn from this barbaric regime.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. silkymcnasty

    And for the record...I know nothing about an Isreal lobby, I work for myself. You obviously are a puppet of the regime. We will see how long though once they come in and take your family away in the middle of the night.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alastair Murray

    But the cancer that is only exceeded by the vile Islamic Death Cult, the United Nations – has now openly welcomed the Satanic regime in Iran as the Key Spokesperson's for WOMEN's RIGHTS!!
    So NADA's death was just a wasted life!!
    The UN participants and puppets will soon be rotting in Hell for Eternity!!
    You have Gotta be "ucking kidding!!
    One World Government is here. And Satan, the God of This World, is running the show – and sadly most people here!!
    Jesus will soon be returning, the ALL HELL will break loose. Islam is doomed, but so is the immoral Western World that has rejected The Creator of the Universe!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      That isn't at all extremist and crazy. Really..... and I mean that!

      July 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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