IRAN: COURT UPHOLDS DEATH FOR OPPOSITION ACTIVIST
March 3, 2010: An Iranian opposition-run Web site says an appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a student who took part in an anti-government rally in December that left eight people dead.
The kaleme site reported that 20-year-old Mohammad Amin Valian had testified he threw stones at security forces and plainclothes pro-government militiamen as they "savagely" beat demonstrators during the rally in Tehran.
Valian was found guilty of Moharebeh β a religious offense that translates as defiance of God, a crime punishable by death under Iranian law.
So far, Iran has executed two people and sentenced 11 others β including Valian β to death for taking part in opposition protests that have challenged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proclaimed election victory. (Sources: Ap, 03/03/2010)