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Monday, February 3, 2014

"Moderate" Iranian President Presides Over Spree of Political Prisoners' Executions

Yeah, this is the guy Obama and his State Department wants us to believe is moderate. An immoderate guy would execute kittens and puppies as well as political prisoners, I guess.

From The Jerusalem Post (h/t Joel B. Pollak at Breitbart):

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani ordered the hangings last Monday of a poet and a human rights activist from Iran’s Arabic-speaking ethnic minority Ahvazis.

The internationally acclaimed Iranian journalist Amir Taheri first reported on Tuesday on the hangings of Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashedi.

According to Taheri’s report in Asharq al-Awsat, Shaabani, the poet, was arrested in February 2011, and subjected to torture.

Shaabani wrote in a prison letter to his family that he could not ignore the “hideous crimes against Ahvazis, perpetrated by the Iranian authorities, particularly arbitrary and unjust executions.”

He continued: “I have tried to defend the legitimate right that every people in this world should have, which is the right to live freely with full civil rights. With all these miseries and tragedies, I have never used a weapon to fight these atrocious crimes except the pen.”

Rouhani has presided over an execution spree. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and the UN’s expert addressing executions Christof Heyns urged Iran last month to stop the surge in hangings since the start of 2014.

The UN experts said “at least 40 persons have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January.”

In 2013, Iran executed 625 people, including 29 women and political prisoners. Iranians faced the death penalty for the crimes of Moharabeh – a catchall phrase for “enmity against God” – or the charge of threatening “national security.”

Well, I'm sure it's just part of Iran's political games. Nothing to be concerned about here. Clearly, they should be allowed to continue to develop nuclear weapons unmolested. After all, Obama and Kerry are on the case...

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