Iran hangs two election protesters
Iran on Thursday hanged two men convicted of being Mohareb (enemies of God), in the first executions since protests erupted over the presidential election in June, news reports said. "Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour, whose cases were confirmed by a Tehran appeals court, were hanged on Thursday morning," ISNA news agency said, quoting a statement from the Tehran prosecutor's office.
The two were also charged with plotting to topple the Islamic regime, the agency added. Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed the hanging to state-run television. "The two who were hanged today belonged to the monarchist group Tondar (the Kingdom Assembly of Iran). During their trials they confessed to obtaining explosives and planning to assassinate officials," he said.
"They objected to the preliminary sentencing, but the appeals court upheld the verdict and they were hanged today," Dolatabadi added.
Rahmani Pour's lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, denied that her client had anything to do with the post-poll riots. "He was arrested in Farvardin (the Iranian month covering March-April) before the election and charged with cooperation with the Kingdom Assembly," Sotoudeh told AFP.