During December 2005 and January 2006, as the Iranian regime became increasingly defiant of international nuclear diplomacy, the litany of human-rights abuses continued as well. Here is a list of those sentenced to death or executed in Iran during the past two months.
- Jan. 31: Iranian authorities hanged in public an individual accused of being a “trouble-maker” in the central city of Kerman. The unnamed individual who was hanged in a one of the city’s public squares was charged with being involved in armed clashes with the security forces, creating “insecurity and trouble,” and kidnapping.
- Jan. 8: Three men were hanged in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. The three prisoners, identified only by their first names Amir-Reza, Gholam-Ali and Majid, were accused of murder.
- Dec. 29: Iranian authorities hanged two young men in public in the cities of Ilam, western Iran, and Taibad, eastern Iran. Yar-Mohammad Samadi, 20, was hanged in a public square on Wednesday after being convicted of committing murder in 2003. A second man, Eskandar Morajei, 30, was hanged in public at dawn on Thursday in the city of Ilam. He was also accused of murder.
- Dec. 28: Two men, identified only by their first names as Naeem-Abdollah and Jaleel, were hanged in public in the volatile city of Ahwaz, southwest Iran. They were accused of being “mohareb,” or waging war on God. In the past, Iran’s judiciary has executed political opponents of the Islamic Republic on the charge of being a mohareb.
- Dec. 27: Iran’s State Supreme Court upheld stoning and amputation sentences for four men and jail terms for several dozen other members of a gang in the north of the country. The men, who had been arrested in January in the town of Nowshahr in the northern province of Mazandaran, were all part of a gang called the “Wild West.” Three of the men – Eskandar M. (also known as Abbasi), Jamshid E. and his unnamed brother – were each given “death by hanging” sentences and third a “death by stoning” sentence. Another man, identified only as Afshin R., was sentenced to have his fingers amputated and receive prison time.
- Dec. 21: Iranian authorities publicly hanged three men all in their 20s in the town of Sabzevar, northeast Iran. Two of the men, whose identities were not made clear, were aged 25 while the third man was 21 years old. They were hanged in public Tuesday morning, accused of various crimes including injuring an agent of the State Security Forces, Iran’s para-military police.
- Dec. 19: Authorities hanged a young man, only identified by his first name Mohsen, in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. He was accused of killing his employer in April 2003.
- Dec. 18: Iran executed a political prisoner who had been jailed since 1996 for allegedly killing an agent of the notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security. The man known as Aziz was a Kurdish activist being held in Orumieh Prison. Aziz was originally from a village called Biouran in the western province of Kurdistan.
- Dec. 18: Authorities hanged Ali Babai-Pour in the Iranian capital Tehran. The unidentified man was accused of killing his brother after a dispute. The man reportedly said that he had no intention of killing his brother.
- Dec. 15: The State Supreme Court in the central Iranian city of Isfahan upheld a death sentence for a young man and ordered two other men to be lashed in public. The man sentenced to be hanged was only identified by his first name Habib and was accused of rape. Ali-Reza and Saeed, allegedly two of his accomplices, were each sentenced to 99 lashes.
- Dec. 13: Iran’s State Supreme Court upheld sentences for two young men to be hanged in the Iranian capital Tehran, a state-owned daily reported on Tuesday. The two, who were only identified by their first names Hossein and Shir-Agha, were 27 and 23 years old, respectively. The pair were accused of separate instances of murder.
- Dec. 10: Rostam Tajik, 20 years old, was hanged in a public park in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. The sentence was carried out in the presence of judicial officials. Tajik was sentenced to death for the murder of a woman on May 13, 2001, when he was just 16 years old.
- Dec. 10: Gholam S., 24 years old, was executed inside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison in front of prison and judicial officials. He was accused of stabbing a friend to death in April 2003 after a dispute over money.
- Dec. 10: Akram N. was hanged in prison in the northeastern town of Shirvan. She was accused of stabbing to another woman to death in 2001.
- Dec. 7: Abdolreza Akbari-Diba, 28 years old, and Farhad Akbari-Diba, 22 years old, were executed on a road leading to Arak in front of a large crowd. The two men, who were from the western town of Hamedan, were charged with a variety of crimes including murder.
How can a regime which terrorizes their own citizens be trusted to possess nuclear weapons? President Ahmadinejad persists in arguing that Israel must be wiped from the map, while he insists in denying that the Holocaust ever happened. Hezbollah and Hamas still receive Iranian financial support, training and weapons. Those who do not think the present Iranian regime is a clear and present danger to world peace should ask the families of those executed or sentenced to death in Iran in the past two months.
Now Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has announced that Iran has ended all voluntary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, in response to the IAEA vote in Vienna to report Iran to the Security Council for “non-compliance” with its nuclear program. We expect that full-scale uranium enrichment will begin at Natanz imminently.
Whether or not the Iranian regime can be stopped diplomatically from developing nuclear weapons is a question that remains to be answered. We should have no doubt, however, that the regime intends to control the Iranian people with an iron hand.
Repeatedly, we have written that the radical revolution begun by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 has hijacked Iran as well as Islam. The mullahs continue to act as a mafia, whose only purpose is to enrich themselves at the expense of the Persian people. The legitimate religion of Islam has nothing to do with embracing a culture of death.
How long can the world continue to tolerate the Iranian regime’s pursuit of murder in the determination to kill all who stand in their way?