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. Reza Saeb

    Those who support criminal mullahs in their cruel acts will see these anti-humans be brought to justice soon.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tony-S

    Given the absence of a freedom of information in Iran, we will never know whether due process was served (I don't think anyone in the West would justify bombs being set off in a public place killing innocent civilians), or whether these people were simply yet more victims of a tyrannical regime.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pascal Heng

    Death, where is your victory ?

    May 10, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mario

    The religious authorities should be the ones hanging. This primitive and barbaric action is NOT sanctioned by any GOD. He isn't vicious, vile and vindictive like the authorities in Iran. God, I thought, was merciful. The ones who are doing the hanging today will be hung by the next government until a truly democratically represented government is installed. Shame on you mullahs and imams... the noose should have been on YOU.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tasneem Alam

    Let's talk about facts and numbers: It's worth noting that on 60 Minutes, Albright made no attempt to deny the figure given by Stahl–a rough rendering of the preliminary estimate in a 1995 U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that 567,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died as a result of the sanctions. In general, the response from government officials about the sanctions’ toll has been rather different: a barrage of equivocations, denigration of U.N. sources and implications that questioners have some ideological axe to grind (Extra!, 3-4/00).

    May 10, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. bruce durham

    How many hundreds of people have been murdered in Iran since the Shaw was ousted?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. M. McManus

    Hey Chris Dowd- If you don't like it here why don't you go to Iran?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. truthywood

    Aren't Americans killing people in the name of terrorism ? Iran is also doing same thing,

    May 10, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Avgprsn

    The only woman that was hanged....finally confessed –
    I can only imagine under what conditions and if the confession was to finally just die.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. sam

    Truthywood- Americans are against terrorist which are known to the whole world. They did not just get up and decided to kill.
    Iran is killing freely anyone and everyone, they do not discriminate between terrorist and human right activist. Anyone who talks even one word against the government is "the enemy of God".
    I guarantee now they found a new way to kill people and will labell them terrorists.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. jersey born

    careful what you say...Iran will attack you with a fleet of speedboats

    May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. masoud

    I AM AMAZED HOW SOME PEOPLE CAN SAY THESE PEOPLE HAD A FAIR TRIAL. THE LAWYER FOR ALL OF THEM SAID IN AN INTERVIEWW WITH VOICE OF AMERICA PER SIAN ON SUNDAY THAT THEIR TRILE TOOK 8 MINIUTS AND HE WAS NOT BEING INFORMED THAT HIS CLIANT WAS EXECUTED HE LEARNED FROM AN IRANIAN REPORTER..
    THE JUDGE IN THESE CASES EVEN DIDNOT LRT LAWYERS IN COURT ROOM.
    FOR ME IT IS UNBELIVABLE FOR SOME ONE COMMENTED THAT TRIL WAS FAIR.
    EVERY IRANIAN LAWYER AND ACTIVIST INSIDE IRAN KNOWS THAT NONE OF THESE TRILS AND COURTS ARE JUST BECOUSE LAWYERS ARE NOT ALOWW TO SPEAK 4 THEIR CLIANTS AND SOME OF THEM WEWE ARRESTED ON SPOT..

    May 10, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. santino

    "Freedom of speech?" is a far cry from “acts of terror” As mentioned by the Iranian prosecution team during the trail, in which, ultimately tried and convicted the individuals involved in the demonstration crack down in Iran.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AA

    Iran knows what to do to terrorists.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      AA – Yes, they give them money and train them to make bombs and send them to Iraq.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whist shout

    This has been going on for a while, atleast for couple of decades, when i read the history, reminds me of High middle ages.
    The diffrence is anyone who attacs the ligitimacy of these gods of terror,even by word, is a terrorist and shall be punished. Accourding to them is fair, now to them these kind of trials are legal and based on Islam and Human rights,
    and if you can argue with democratic system , you can not and shall not argue with god,this is basic cruel policy in the name of god and government of god,
    i grew up with the republic of fundamentalism, hope i be still around when the time comes and i could see the fall of them as well, that would be fun day for me and for many others.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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