Regime sentences 13 prisoners in Ahwaz to death, amputation and long-term imprisonment to terrorize the public
The state-controlled daily Kayhan wrote yesterday that the clerical regime’s Judiciary sentenced 13 prisoners charged with robbery in Ahwaz to execution and inhuman punishments. Three were sentenced to death, two sentenced to amputation of fingers on the right hand and toes on the left foot. Seven were sentenced to 10 years in jail and 52 lashes each.
These barbaric and inhuman punishments are designed to terrorize and intimidate the public. Last April, Ahwaz and many other cities in Khuzistan Province were the scenes of weeklong uprisings in which at least 62 protesters were killed by the State Security Forces and more than 1,000 arrested. Most of those detained remain in prison.
These execution sentences were issued while last Saturday the regime hanged two persons, Ahmad and Morad Saleki in Kerman on the charge of drug trafficking.
The shameful policy of appeasement of and “human rights dialogue” with this medieval regime has emboldened the mullahs in the suppression of the Iranian people.
The Iranian Resistance urges international human rights bodies and organizations to condemn these criminal executions and inhuman punishments. It also calls for an end to the policy of appeasement by the European Union and the referral of the clerical regime’s abysmal rights record to the United Nations Security Council.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 7, 2005