October 17 & 18- 2007 Hanging
Iran hangs 9 convicts on murder charges
International Herald Tribune -
TEHRAN, Iran: Iran hanged 8 men and one woman on murder charges, an official newspaper reported Thursday.
The report by the IRAN daily said all convicts were hanged in the notorious Evin Prison in northern Tehran on Wednesday.
The convicts were identified by their first names only. The woman, identified as 30-year-old Fakhteh, was sentenced for killing her employer in 2001, the paper said.
Since July, Iran has hanged 42 other people on charges of murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping, which, along with drug trafficking, are all capital offenses in the Islamic Republic.
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TEHERAN -- Iran hanged nine people convicted of murder, including a woman, at Evin prison in Teheran in the latest of a growing number of executions in the Islamic republic, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The woman, identified only as Fakhteh C., and the eight others were hanged on Wednesday after being found guilty of various murders, the Teheran Emrouz newspaper reported. It said that some raped their victims before killing them.
Separately, two Kurdish militants who belonged to an outlawed party seeking Kurdish autonomy in Iran were hanged in the western city of Sanandaj for having killed a member of the Revolutionary Guards, the ISNA news agency reported.
The new hangings bring to at least 221 the number of executions carried out in the country so far this year, many in public.
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3 Iranian student leaders sentenced
The Associated Press
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
Three Iranian student leaders have been sentenced to jail terms of up to three years on vague charges of insulting Islam and its clerics, their lawyer said Wednesday.
Majid Tavakoli, Ahmed Ghassaban and Ehsan Mansouri received a three, a two-and-a-half, and a two year prison sentence, respectively, for "insulting Islamic sanctities and its authorities" in a student newsletter, their lawyer Mohammed Ali Dadkah said.
All three students belong to the Office for Fostering Unity — Iran's biggest reformist student organization.
The students will have 20 days to appeal the sentences.
"I will appeal the sentences handed down against my clients. They are innocent. There is no plausible reasons for the charges raised against them," Dadkhah said.
Dadkhah said the three students told the court that the newsletter containing insults against an Islamic saint had been fabricated by hardliner students and attributed to reformist students in effort to defame them.
Since hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assumed power in 2005, reformist voices have increasingly been silenced as the government has been suppressing dissent.
Many reformist professors have also been forced to retire and reformist student leaders harassed and jailed. Ahmadinejad's government doesn't recognize the Office for Fostering Unity group and instead supports a hardline student association whose members have attacked peaceful student gatherings in past years.
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