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. Alan

    I would like to point out that the woman executed was still being repealed and a final verdict had yet to be given.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rickyg

    kill those basterd.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Irani

    David, think before you put any comment. None of these people were involved in these actions. This f..king government of Iran executed thousands of young people who are against them and they labeled them all the same. Either you're blind or you don't know the how f..king lair the government of Iran is. And Asad you may don't know the government of Iran, probably because you never lived there or you didn't need to deal with them. But we lived there for so many years and we know them well. There is no justice there.When they scare of losing power, they start killing people and accuse them such as Terrorist, and such. and FYI, this has nothing to do with the problems between USA and Iran.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rickyg

    america needs to learn that iran will not bow to them like when shah was runing the don't like it ,put mor sanction.iran will be free from american for ever.get your oil somewhere else.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      We don't use Iranian oil rickyg. The people of Iran have legitimate grievances with the USA and UK. The current religious dictatorship of Iran does not. They owe their power and very lives to us.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Azadeh Edalat

    These terrorist activities could very well be carried out byt the iranian government itself ! Is this government and what they're claim trustworthy any more ?
    I guess this is not a new tactic any more, committing crimes for personal benefits m under the name of religion ! It is disrespectful to real moslems aout there who practice peace, justice, and forgiveness. In Islam you cannot force people into the religion. In Isalm even one single slap to someone's face w/o reason is not allowed, let alone, taking someone's life away for no reason !
    The Iranian government is getting worse and more wild by day, and something must be done now ! These kids are being executed for actions that are normal activity for us people, such as expressing our opinion in universities, and making choices on how we want to live our lives.
    Today the Iranian government is so weak and insecure,that thinks executing kids here and there will increase fear in people, and people will stop. This action is like closing a few doors in large burning buildings, soon the fire will get to all rooms, even the few rooms with doors closed !

    May 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rickyg

    long live iran and down to people who are against iranian.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark C

    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***

    Uh, what part of four men and a woman don't you understand? The problem is entirely on your end. Are they not teaching reading in the schools these days?

    May 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. olyg

    Iran – your time is coming. The United States has run short of patience – as has Israel. Out of survival I believe you will be bomebed into oblivion by Israel – and rightly so. You are animals. You are liars. You oppress your people and when the truth is revaled to them in time – you will be gone. Then Korea. Then China. Then Russia – unless they get the clue...

    May 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rahe

    What was worse was the aid that the west gave to Iraq during the Iran Iraq War that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iranians. Its called karma

    May 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Telling the truth on here isn't going to win you any friends. Besides you left out the violent overthrow of democracy in Iran by the UK with USA support in the 1950s

      July 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    They might had a fair trial, but Iran hanging process is left to be desire, for the sentenced person of course. They usualy put the noose around their neck standing on a truck and when time for them to hang they drive off and let the person swing from the rope, that's strangulation, not hanging. Another way is to hang the person from the end of a crane, and than raise the arm of the crane. If they going to hang someone do it right, it is as worse as our lynching years ago. Iran government still lives in the stone age anyhow, few nuclear head weapons will not make this government any technologically advanced, nor more civilized.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bobbyglide

    As a Marine, I call the war in Iraq buls**t! But, crushing the government of Iran, I would call a righteous war! We should liberate the Iranian people, before this crazy dictatorship pulls the whole Middle East into a nuclear war.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kathy

    I do not understand how bombing a mosque is a freedom of speech. 27 innocent people were killed in Shiraz and you people are defending such crime taking place in our beloved Iran with the help of Iran's enemy (Israeli).

    May 10, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • cbro

      this sounds like someone with a name like Kathy would say

      June 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lenard Pitts in Germany

    Well now, I am amazed the government admitted they executed anyone, these were the first ever executions......

    May 10, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Zupermaimd

    nah.. they are convicted for killing people, whatever their cause.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. sam

    Kathy, how did you figure Israel being Iran's enemy? So far Ahmaghinejad says that he wants Israel off the map not vice versa.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
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