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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Plan to execute 5 uprising detainees on charges of cooperation with PMOI

Mullahs’ judge, Salavati: According to Article 186 of the Islamic Punishment Act, since the core of the PMOI(MEK) still remains, all of its members and supporters, even if not in the armed wing, are considered mohareb (enemies of God)

On Monday, January 18, 2010, the clerical regime staged a kangaroo court chaired by a henchman identified as Salavati, where it was requested that “the most severe punishment” be handed down for five of the detainees of the uprising which took place during the holy day of Ashura (December 27), on charges of cooperation with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and “Moharebeh [waging war against God], and assembling and colluding against national security.” In order to avert revelations about its repulsive theatrics, the clerical regime has refused to even divulge the names of the defendants.

Salavati, who has been involved in the execution and torture of hundreds of those detained during the uprising and also other political prisoners, must be tried for crimes against humanity along with his counterpart Saeed Mortazavi.

The criminal judge did his utmost to round up a series of statements to tie the uprising to “satellite networks and calls of news outlets,” “cyberspace,” and “American intelligence and research networks.” At the same time, he failed to hide his trepidation about the attack of protestors on “the principle of velayat-e faqih [absolute clerical rule],” which he described as “the intensification of foundation-shattering measures” aimed at “the pillar of the ruling system.” He also could not conceal his relief about the fact that the “system” has managed to survive another day in the face of the anger and rage of protestors (State-run Fars news agency, January 18, 2010). He falsely claimed that the defendants “were trained in Iraq and European countries [by the PMOI] to engage in terror and riots” and were given “assignments like bombing and terrorism, which they would then blame the system for.”

Such ludicrous lies, which are reminiscent of the allegations of the Shah’s secret police (SAVAK) during his regime’s dying days, only serve to reveal the fear of the clerical regime and its suppressive organizations and forces over the prospect of certain demise.

Salavati also stated in the so-called court session that since the “core of the PMOI has not been eradicated, Article 186 of the Islamic Punishment Act would still apply to the PMOI.” In accordance with this article, “As long as the core of that organization remains in place, all of its members and supporters … are mohareb [enemies of God], even if they are not involved in its armed wing.”

Prior to this, mullah Ebrahim Raeesi, First Deputy of the regime’s Judiciary Chief and one of the mullahs’ officials responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, had said: “The PMOI is an organized movement,” and “anyone who helps the PMOI under any circumstances and in any way … will be considered as mohareb.” Raeesi had emphasized that using sticks and stones would also deserve the “moharebeh” charge, which carries the death penalty (State-run TV, December 30, 2009).

Meanwhile two other prisoners charged with “having contacts with the PMOI” have been sentenced to 10 and 15 years in prison in recent days. They will spend half of their prison terms in remote regions that have unpleasant climates.

http://ncr-iran.org/content/view/7690/1/

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