Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3817 May 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
France's Kouchner denies Iran 'spy-deal'
BBC
16 May 2010

France has denied it made a secret pact with Iran to secure the release of a French lecturer charged with spying after last June's disputed election. Clotilde Reiss has now arrived in Paris following a flight from Tehran. 
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Maryam Rajavi: Death sentences of families of Ashraf residents points to mullahs' helplessness
NCRI
15 May 2010
...Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the death sentences on supporters of PMOI and families of Ashraf residents as a sign of the Iranian regime's helplessness in face of the Iranian people's uprising and the nationwide and growing support for the Iranian Resistance and the freedom-seeking residents of Ashraf. She added: The criminal mullahs are trying in vain to stop Iranian people's uprising and their growing support for Ashraf residents by torture and execution of political prisoners and supporters of PMOI. These medieval and heinous crimes will only heat up general public's hatred against the regime and boost people's determination to bring down the regime...
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Iran confirms death sentence for opposition activists
AFP
15 May 2010
TEHRAN - The death sentence for six opposition activists arrested in protests after last year's disputed presidential election in Iran have been confirmed, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Saturday.
The six were accused of belonging to the exiled and outlawed People's Mujahedeen, the opposition group the Islamic republic's regime calls "the hypocrites."
Three were arrested after opposition protests during the Shiite mourning holiday of Ashura last December, Dolatabadi said, naming them as "Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Alireza Ghanbari."
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Renowned political prisoner defies mullahs' intimidation, honors executed dissidents
NCRI
14 May 2010

Saeed MassouriNCRI - The following is the text of a statement released by Saeed Massouri, 45, a political prisoner currently on death row, on the execution of five Kurdish activists in Tehran's Evin Prison on Sunday. Originally from Khorramabad, in Iran's western province of Lorestan, he is currently incarcerated at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of the Iranian capital.

 
BEGINS: "You can't frighten us with decapitation"
In the midst of the country's serious turmoil, I learnt of the execution of my late-found friends and acquaintances from prison with whom we spent years in the jail cells of Ward 209 [at Evin Prison].
Perhaps they [the regime] think that by executing them, they have managed to frighten us and our people. But shame on us if instead of being more motivated [to continue the struggle against the regime], the execution of our friends and countrymen and compatriots were to frighten us. Indeed, what is to be done at a time when people have no other fate but imprisonment, torture and execution simply for being human; and when this is the price to pay for the slightest attempt to be free and have humanity? Where do those who remain silent in the face of such crimes draw the line between being human or not? 
Hitler ended up murdering and wounding hundreds of thousands of people before those who should have known better finally came to realize that he was not worthy of respect and that negotiating with him was futile. Should such a cost be incurred once again?
At any rate, for my own part, I want to be clear on the degree of fear that these executions really instilled in me: I declare that after the hanging of these five, I am more than ready to be the sixth one to kiss the hangman's noose.
Long live their memory and that of all those whose blood runs through the veins of history.
"The frenzy of the flame subsides only as ashes
Such is what needs to be done to live honourably"

Saeed Massouri
Gohardasht Prison
12 May 2010
ENDS ***
(translated from Farsi original)

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Afghans protest against 'refugee executions' in Iran
BBC
13 May 2010

Thousands of Afghans have protested in the eastern city of Jalalabad against the alleged executions of a number of Afghan refugees in Iran. Demonstrators rallied in front of the Iranian consulate, shouting slogans and throwing eggs.
This is the fifth and largest anti-Iran protest in Afghanistan in a fortnight.
Protesters and rights groups say Iran has executed 45 Afghans in recent weeks on drug smuggling charges. Tehran and Kabul officials put the number at six. 
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In This Issue
France's Kouchner denies Iran 'spy-deal'
Maryam Rajavi: Death sentences of families of Ashraf residents points to mullahs' helplessness
Iran confirms death sentence for opposition activists
Renowned political prisoner defies mullahs' intimidation, honors executed dissidents
Afghans protest against 'refugee executions' in Iran
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