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May 21, 2000 |
With each succeeding lash to his back, the bound man sagged deeper, oblivious to the cries of "God is great!" from the crowd. They gathered to watch the slow, painful death of a soldier convicted by a clergy-run Iranian court. The charge: moral corruption. Two others were buried up to their chests and then stoned to death for the same crime.
December 26, 1997 |
Iran's leading opposition figure was released Thursday, two weeks after he was arrested on charges of "desecrating religious sanctities." Ebrahim Yazdi was freed by the Islamic Revolutionary Court following an investigation and after he posted bail, the Islamic Republic News Agency said. Yazdi, the 66-year-old head of the token legal opposition group Iran Freedom Movement, was questioned by the court Dec. 14 and then incarcerated, his group said.
November 16, 1989 |
Politically motivated mass executions took place in Iran during the second quarter of 1988, according to evidence cited in a U.N. report to be published this week. It gave no figure for the number of those executions but said many of the more than 900 officially announced during the first five months of this year, mainly for drug offenses, were also alleged to have been politically motivated.
September 2, 1989 |
Revolutionary Guards broke up a demonstration Friday by relatives of executed political prisoners in Iran's Gateway to Heaven Cemetery, where the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is buried, an Iranian opposition group said. "Revolutionary Guards moved in to the Behesht Zahra Cemetery on Friday and arrested many men, women and children," a spokesman for the Baghdad-based Moujahedeen said in a telephone interview.
February 28, 1989
In an admission that appeared to dash any chance for the survival of thousands of political prisoners believed held in Iranian jails, Tehran's interior minister said that all dissidents known to the government have been executed. In an interview with an Arabic weekly published in Paris, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi said that Iran had put to death all prisoners belonging to the Iraqi-based Moujahedeen, Iran's main opposition group.
February 9, 1989
The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has pardoned political prisoners in Iran in a general amnesty declared during celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran Radio announced, without specifying how many would be freed or when it would take effect.