IRAN: THREE PROTESTERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
October 10, 2009: Three people arrested after Iran's disputed presidential election have been condemned to death, ISNA news agency reported. "Three people who were accused (for their role) in the post-election incidents have been sentenced to death," said Zahed Bashiri Rad, media officer at the justice ministry, quoted by ISNA. Bashiri Rad, giving only the initials of the convicts said that "MZ and AP were convicted for ties with the Kingdom Assembly of Iran and NA for ties with the Monafeghin (exiled opposition group commonly known as the People's Mujahedeen)."
Massive street protests broke out in Iran following Ahmadinejad's re-election. About 4,000 people were initially arrested and 140, including senior reformers and journalists, have been put on trial on charges of seeking a "soft" overthrow of the regime and inciting protests.
On October 8, the reformist website Mowjcamp reported that a member of a group seeking to restore Iran's monarchy has been sentenced to death for his involvement in the unrest, identifying him as Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani, member of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran. Judiciary officials were not available to confirm if he was the "MZ" mentioned by ISNA on October 10.
Bashiri Rad said the death sentences were "not final and they can still be appealed to the supreme court." (Sources: www.france24.com, 10/10/2009)