Iran has executed two activists who took part in street protests in the wake of the 2009 presidential election result.
Jafar Kazemi and Mohammed Ali Hajaghaei were members of the exiled opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).
The PMOI has recently been taken off the EU’s list of terrorist organisations although it remains on the United States’ terrorism list. Despite this Washington had called for the prisoners’ release.
The two men were involved in street protests that followed the disputed election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.
Iran’s prosecutor’s office said “these two hypocrites were members of an active network of the said group and were involved in the (post election) riots under the guidance of their ringleader in England.
“The convicts had resorted to distributing pictures and banners related to the Monafeghins (hypocrites), taking photos and films of the clashes as well as chanting slogans in favour of the group.”
They are thought to be the first of the election protesters to be executed. Around a dozen people have been sentenced to death for involvement in the unrest.
Iranian authorities are said to be increasing the number of judicial killings. Citing official sources, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
claims that 97 people have been executed in the past 30 days, most of them for drugs offences.