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. fairguy

    It is wong, they only wanted to get rid of them. We know Farzad Kamangar, he was a school teacher who was fighting for freedom.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rickyg

    they should have hanged them long time ago,those criminals.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ABUBAKAR

    everything th at a group of people or an individual in an islamic that is not good in those coutnries western nations and thier people term it human rights abuse .but in thier countries those things cannot go unpunisned please wise up

    May 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Hanging women for the name of God. Back to the stone age. This so disgusting that I cant find no words to express my anger.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Samram

    “He is not strong and powerful who throweth people down; but he is strong who witholdeth himself from anger”
    ~Muhammad

    "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr”
    ~Muhammad

    May 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wulliam Marlowe

    Last week we released black man that was wrongly convicted of killing 10 year old girl. He had served a 30 year sentence and DNA proved he was not the criminal animal that they conicted him for.

    If it had been Texas he would be dead now. When States and Governments hold all the cards it is easy to execute someone and blame it on 'terrorism' or some other State Capital Crime.

    Iran uses as deterent for all those that would question the governments autority...

    May 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I serve

    Hopefully the Iranian government is carrying out executions as a result of true intelligence and proof that the named individuals did indeed commit crimes worthy of punishment. It is easy to be convinced that Iran is a propaganda machine pushing out false "truths", but on this matter we know nothing of the sort.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob Frost

    I write from England with disgust at the Iranian hangings.

    Notwithstanding guilt or otherwise Iran is now one of the few countries still to join the majority of civilised nations by abolishing the Death Penalty.

    As, I note, is the United States of America.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi

    I think they deserve this penalty and it was a good reaction from iranian government.
    This should continue.......
    Thank you

    May 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sam

    I pray everyday for this dictatorship, retarded, abusive, murderer, cheater,lier, stone age mentality, uncivilized, racist, inhumane government to vanish from the face of the earth.

    May 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    Mehdi-Go change your name you should be a shame of using this name and be joyful and killing people. You are ruining Islam and shaming Mohamed and his book. Shame on you and all the users of Islam's good name.

    May 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. asad

    why do we always criticize Iran? although i am not saying that what they are doing is right..but we don't know...how can we make judgments about the government we merely know...although they are oppressive but we should not hitherto say that Iranian government is faulty...may be this is the biased that we are having towards them because the superpower USA is in confrontation with Iran these days.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    i.haq you're an idiot. Four men and one women. One of the four men was hanged for the mosque bombings, the others for other 'anti revolutionary' acts.

    May 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sam

    Asad- What you hear from the cruel government in Iran is only the tip of iceberg. You have to live under this regime to realize the inhuman way they are treating anyone who has a view on anything but they tell you to have opinion on. One has to close it's mouth put blinders on and let the government lead the way with no questions asked, otherwise one is enemy of God.
    Prisoned in Iran are full of journalists, human right activists, equality activists, sunnit who talk about their beliefs, women who do not cover their heads, anybody that might have any views abut freedom of speech. This government will kill you and put you in prison first of all because of power then they will abuse this power in the name of Islam and use it to lure illiterate people and bassijis.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Insan Mukmin

    These terrorists activities were carried out by the Mujahideen e Khalq, a group considered as a terrorist group by the USA, However this terrorist organisation is based in France which makes President Sarkozy a terrorist supporter.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
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