Iran Human RightsU.N. experts say Iran plans executions

U.N. experts say Iran plans executions

-

AP: Three U.N. human rights investigators on Wednesday said Iran was planning the imminent execution of seven Arabs sentenced to death after a secret trial.
Associated Press

By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER

Associated Press Writer

GENEVA (AP) – Three U.N. human rights investigators on Wednesday said Iran was planning the imminent execution of seven Arabs sentenced to death after a secret trial.

The investigators said in a joint statement that relatives of seven Arabs from Ahvaz, Iran, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, were told earlier this week that the executions would occur “in the next few days.”

The seven were part of a larger group of Arabs arrested in June 2006 in Khuzestan on charges including intent to destabilize Iran and overthrow its government, the investigators said.

The suspects were accused of having been trained in Iraq by U.S., British and Israeli officials, said Philip Alston, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s expert on summary executions, and fellow investigators Leandro Despouy and Manfred Nowak.

Iran executed three from the larger group of Arabs last month, they said.

An official at Iran’s mission to the U.N. in Geneva said he could not immediately comment.

It was unclear whether the condemned Arabs were arrested in connection with two bombings that killed at least nine people in Ahvaz last year. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed “the occupiers of Iraq” – inferring the U.S. and Britain – for supporting the bombers.

The investigators conceded that those awaiting execution were accused of serious crimes, but said such suspicions “cannot justify their conviction and execution after trials that made a mockery of due process requirements.”

According to the human rights experts, lawyers were not allowed to see the defendants before the trail and faced charges of “threatening national security” when attempting to defend their clients.

They said the convictions were reportedly based on confessions extorted under torture.

Arabs make up less than 3 percent of Iran’s population, and most live in Khuzestan.

Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

Latest news

Iran’s 2023 Budget Shrouded In Doubt

On January 22, the Majlis (parliament) approved the draft of the 2023 budget bill proposed by regime president Ebrahim...

Iran: People of Khoy Still Reeling From 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring...

Iran’s Unsolvable Air Pollution Problem

Air pollution will remain at dangerous levels and will increase for the next few days in most big cities,...

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Must read

24 students die in Iran road accident

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 27 – Twenty four...

Tehran Lobby Thrived During Obama Administration

Iran Focus London, 6 Apr - Founder of the Iranian-American...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you