Friday, 8 January 2010

We Must PROTEST: Iran preparing protesters for exectution #IranElection #CN4Iran

Iran's judiciary takes a military colour

In preparing demonstrators for execution and proposing to revive a judicial police force, the Tehran regime further shames itself

A new phase of political killings is set to begin in Iran with the

Anybody who takes up arms to create fear and to divest people of their freedom and security is mohareb and mofsed-e fel-arz. Anybody convicted of being mohareb or mofsed-e fel-arz or both may be sentenced to death at the behest of the ruling judge.

Those two sentences sent thousands of post-revolutionary opposition figures to their death, as documented by international human rights organisations. It was the man who became known as the "hanging judge", the late Ayatollah Khalkhali, who in early 1980s used those terms readily to send people to their deaths.

The system of swift condemnation is well rehearsed in Iran. Last Friday, following the rallies of Ashura in which 10 demonstrators were killed, all Friday prayer leaders across the country appeared to have been instructed to condemn the demonstrations. The Friday prayer leader in Tehran was the head of the Guardian Council, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati – a staunch supporter of the contested president Ahmadinejad. He called for "harshest sentences" on those who do not accept the results of presidential elections.

"Official media and the intelligence services must name and shame those who insight riots," he said. He condemned those who used slogans for the downfall of the Islamic Republic and the supreme leader. "They've gone too far this time."

The Friday prayer leader in Shiraz, Ayatollah Imani, called for the "execution of those responsible for riots", Fars news agency reported. And in Yazd, Ayatollah Sedoughi called for the harshest punishment. Many quoted Ayatollah Khomeini as saying "those who want a republic without Islam are the enemies of Islam".

An envoy of the supreme leader, Hojatoleslam Taghavi, co-ordinates the policy for Friday prayer sermons. Addressing the recent demonstrations he said Islamic teaching insists on the ability to define and distinguish Islam's enemies. "To recognise the devil is to recognise the enemy."

Thus the head of judiciary in Iran, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, has stated that his responsibility can no longer be "limited" to judiciary matters. "My job is highly politicised and has also to deal with national security," he said, addressing judiciary officials.

Proposing new laws to deal with recent "riots", he asked the parliament – where his brother Ali Larijani is the speaker – to co-operate. He said people are "demanding firm action" and proposed a revival of judicial police force. To create a new military dimension to the judiciary, Larijani selected as his adviser a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad-Bagher Zolghadr, who has held several security posts.

So, the stage is set in every sense for putting the demonstrators on trial, accusing them of being mofsed fel arz or mohareb, giving them five days to appeal, and then in all probability sending them for execution. More than 500 were arrested in Ashura demonstrations. Several leading opposition figures were targeted and detained over the past two weeks.

Since protests started on June 13, following the disputed presidential election, Human Rights Watch has "confirmed from sources across Iran" the arrest of hundreds of opposition and reformist activists. Those arrested include prominent political and religious leaders on the reforming wing of the Islamic establishment as well as leading intellectuals, journalists, and students.

The measures so far have done nothing to deter the demonstrators. However, they have done much to discredit the Islamic Republic's political standing.

Calling on all freedom-loving people, at least outside Iran, and for all the human rights organizations abroad to assemble on Sunday 10th January in front ofIraninan Regime Embassies and missions world-wide.

Adapted from request by Kianoosh Tavakoli

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