The Iranian authorities on Saturday hanged 16 "rebels" following overnight clashes in which 14 border guards were killed on the frontier with Pakistan. "Sixteen rebels linked to groups hostile to the regime were hanged this morning in the prison of Zahedan in response to the death of border guards in Saravan," Mohammad Marzieh, the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchestan province, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
"We warned the rebel groups that any attack targeting civilians or
members of the security forces would not go unanswered," he added.
The official IRNA news agency, quoting what it called an informed
source, said the clashes in which the border guards were killed occurred
in a mountainous region used by both drug traffickers and armed rebels.
Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said that the guards had been
killed during the ambush set by Iranians who were "members of hostile
groups". He added that "three soldiers have been taken hostage and taken to the other side of the border in Pakistan".According to several news websites run by the Iranian authorities 16
prisoners convicted of Moharebeh (enmity against God) and "terrorism". According to "Afkarnews" another state run news website, the prisoners were members of "Jeish Al-Adl". They are beleived to
belong to be Sunni Muslims of Baluchi ethnicity. None of the prisoners
were identified by name.
There are also unofficial reports regarding execution of the Kurdish political prisoner "Habibollah Golparipour".
According to these reports Golparipour was hanged early this morning.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) had yesterday received reports about the
transfer of Mr. Golparipourfrom the Urmia Prison to an unknown location.
On March 15, 2009, Habibollah Golparipour was sentenced to death by
branch 1 of the Mahabad Revolutionary Court (in the Western Azerbaijan
province) in a trial that lasted a few minutes. He was sentenced to
death charged with "Enmity against the God" and membership in a Kurdish
dissident group". According to Iran Humjan Rights at least four other Kurdish activiststs are in imminent danger of being executed.
At the other hand, Alireza M, the 37 year old man who survived a hanging will not be executed again.
According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, Iran’s justice
minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi said in a press conference that executing the man who has already survived a hanging is ill-advised. Also the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, said the man could be spared on humanitarian grounds, reported the
state run news agency ISNA. Alireza M., father of two girls, who was sentenced to death
convicted of drug trafficking was hanged on October 9, was discovered to
be alive 24 hours after his execution was carried out and Iranian
authorities declared him dead. At that time the judges has said that Alireza will be executed again
once his condition improves. This led to strong reactions inside and outside Iran.