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Iran to hang anti president protester
CAIRO, OCT 10 (Agencies):
Published on 10 Oct. 2009 11:50 PM IST
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An Iranian man arrested in post-election unrest has been sentenced to death, according to a website aligned with the reformist movement. If so, it is the first death sentence to be issued in cases involving the hundreds charged in the vast protests that followed the declaration of a landslide victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 elections. At least 30 people were killed and thousands arrested in the government crackdown on the millions of Iranians who took to the streets charging fraud and vote rigging. The government denounced the protests as being part of a plan to overthrow it and is running mass trials involving hundreds of defendants. The man sentenced, Muhammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, is a member of a group called Kingdom Assembly of Iran, which is considered a terrorist organization in Iran for seeking to replace the Islamic theocracy by restoring the shah to the throne, according to Iranian websites. He was sentenced to death in a verdict issued on Monday, according to the website, which said on Thursday that he had been taken from Evin prison in Tehran “to the revolutionary tribunal, where he was informed of the verdict.” The government did not confirm or deny the report. But in August, the semiofficial Mehr news agency said that Zamani was a member of the group. Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based research group focused on international security, said he saw the severe sentence as another effort by the government to ward off any return to the protests.

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