Iran hangs two people in first unrest executions

TEHRAN – Iran executed two people on Thursday who were sentenced to death in trials that followed the disputed presidential election last year which caused bloody opposition protests, Iranian media said.

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IshmaelFYI: Ishmael is the son of Abraham through Hagar, the maid of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
Ishmael is the Biblical father of the Arab nations. •From these nations came Mohammad, who in approximately 632 a.d founded the Religion of Islam.
•The verse below is speaking directly concerning Ishmael and the nations that would come from this direct descendent of Abraham.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12

Perilous Times

“This know also, that in the last days perilousStrongs 5467: chalepos, khal-ep-os´; perhaps from 5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:—fierce, perilous. times shall come.”
—2 Timothy 3:1-2a

”But evilStrongs 4190: poneros, pon-ay-ros´; from a derivative of 4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:—bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness). See also 4191.
Strongs 4192: ponos, pon´-os; from the base of 3993; toil, i.e. (by implication) anguish:—pain.
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
—2 Timothy 3:13

Editors note about the word perilousFYI: The Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possess Legion and his cohort.

It was the first report of executions of detainees put in the dock in connection with the vote unrest and may further increase tension in Iran ahead of possible new anti-government demonstrations next month.

Internet messages have circulated about new opposition rallies on February 11, when Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Iran’s hardline authorities have made clear they will not tolerate what they call “riots.”

The two who were hanged were among a group of 11 people sentenced to death on charges including waging war against God, trying to overthrow the Islamic establishment and being members of armed groups, the ISNA news agency said.

Other Iranian media also carried reports on the executions.

“Two of the rioters and anti-revolutionary elements were hanged on Thursday,” state television said.

The lawyer of one of those executed said 19-year-old Arash Rahmanipour was detained before the June poll. She described the charges as “political” and the verdict as “illegal and unjust.”

“An execution with this speed and rush has only one explanation … the government is trying to prevent the expansion of the current (opposition) movement through the spread of fear and intimidation,” lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said.

“He was never granted the right to defend himself freely and I could not defend him (adequately),” she said.

Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the two were members of a pro-monarchy and anti-revolutionary group who had planned to plant bombs and assassinate officials.

“The were arrested by the intelligence forces. They were tried in a court in presence of their lawyers … and confessed to the charges against them,” he told state television.

MOSQUE BOMBING

The vote, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed widening establishment divisions. It also further strained relations with the West.

The reformist opposition says it was rigged to secure hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

Officials deny this and have portrayed the protests as a foreign-backed bid to undermine the Islamic system of government.

In the most serious violence since the aftermath of the poll, eight people were killed in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces in late December.

“Following the riots and anti-revolutionary measures in recent months … a Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court branch considered the cases of a number of accused and handed down the execution sentences against 11 of those,” ISNA said.

It named the two hanged as Rahmanipour and Mohammad Reza Alizamani. They were among more than 100 people who appeared in post-election mass trials in August.

“The sentences for the other nine of the accused in recent months’ riots are at the appeal stage … upon confirmation, measures will be undertaken to implement the sentences.”

Iran’s English-language Press TV said the two put to death were found guilty of being members of Iran’s Kingdom Assembly of Iran, which it said was involved in a deadly mosque bombing in the city of Shiraz in 2008.

In August, state broadcaster IRIB said Rahmanipour confessed to links with Western countries and that he had received training in how to create instability in Iran during the vote.

“Two weeks before the election we had a mission to put bombs in various places and we were ordered to carry out terrorist acts on election day,” IRIB quoted him as telling a court.

(Editing by Peter Millership)

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