Two hanged in connection with post-election unrest
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Tehran hung two men at dawn on Thursday, the first executions in connection with the widespread demonstrations following the disputed June 12 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran hanged two men at dawn on Thursday who were convicted of seeking to overthrow the Islamic regime, the first executions of dissidents in connection with widespread protests that followed the disputed June 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were charged with being members of a monarchist group and Mohareb, or enemies of God, who had planned to assassinate government officials as part of an attempted coup.
Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed the hangings with state-run television. "The two who were hanged today belonged to the monarchist group Tondar (Kingdom Assembly),” Dolatabadi said. “During their trials they confessed to obtaining explosives and planning to assassinate officials.”
“With these hangings, the authorities have sent a clear message for the Iranian opposition to be on their guard,” said Delphine Minoui, Middle East correspondent for French daily Le Figaro, in a telephone interview with FRANCE 24 from Beirut.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, the lawyer for 19-year-old Rahmanipour, said her client was detained before the June poll and took no part in the post-election unrest. "He was arrested in Farvardin (the Iranian month from March-April) before the election and charged with cooperation with the Kingdom Assembly," she told AFP.
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