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Cleric Wants Execution Of Protesters

From Iran’s Press TV:

Iran judiciary urged to firmly deal with riots

Fri, 26 Jun 2009

Tehran’s Friday prayers leader has called on the country’s judiciary to ‘firmly deal ‘ with the instigators of the post-election riots aimed at nullifying the vote results.

Reaffirming the stance of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said, "Rioters and those who mastermind the unrest must know the Iranian nation will not give in to pressure and accept the nullification of the election results.”

“I ask the Judiciary to firmly deal with these people and set an example for everyone,” he added.

Iran became the scene of opposition rallies last week after the announcement of the results of the 10th presidential election, which declared incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner with nearly two-thirds of the votes.

Ayatollah Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, said according to Islamic law, the saboteurs are considered as ‘mohareb’ (one who wages war against God), adding that Islam has the severest punishments for such parties.

Defeated candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have rejected the election result as fraudulent and demand a re-run — a request which has been dismissed by Iran’s electoral watchdog, the Guardian Council..

Ayatollah Khatami went on to say that ‘the current conduct of some defeated presidential candidates’ would ‘in fact serve the interests of the enemies’.

Earlier on Wednesday in a meeting with high-ranking parliamentarians in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the country’s affairs must be handled based on the laws of the land as well as the principles of the Islamic Revolution.

Tehran’s Friday prayers leader blamed saboteurs and foreign media for the death of Neda Aqa-Soltan – the young woman killed last week in street protests.

He said Neda’s death had been ‘planned’ by saboteurs, adding that the ‘evil’ media of the US and Europe had used her death for propaganda purposes.

Some elucidation of the terms employed by Mr. Khatami is supplied by a report (a pdf file) from the International Federation For Human Rights, pp 12-13:

Iran Death Penalty – A State Terror Policy

Section seven of the Hodood chapter of the IPC [Iranian Penal Code] deals with two key concepts that also appear frequently in other laws. They are moharebeh and efsad-e fel-arz 41 and may carry the death sentence for the condemned. Article 183 of the IPC provides the following definition: “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, who also holds the power of meting out three alternative sentences (Article 190)42.

Persons convicted of crimes committed with arms such as armed robbery and highway banditry shall be deemed as mohareb, if they use arms to undermine people’s security and create terror and fear (Article 185).

The provisions of this section of the IPC also address some of the anti-government activities. Articles 186 -188 indeed refer to political offences, although they carefully avoid the use of the term. Under those articles, all members and sympathisers of groups or organisations ‘waging armed insurrection against the Islamic government’ are regarded as mohareb and mofsed-e felarz and may receive the death sentence, even if they were not personally involved in military action. The provisions of the law are not confined to armed activities alone. “Anybody or any group plotting to topple the Islamic government, who procures arms and explosives for this purpose, or anybody who knowingly provides facilities… for such purposes, shall be deemed as mohareb and mofsed-e fel-arz” and may be sentenced to death.

41. Both are Arabic terms. Moharebeh is the action of a mohareb (a warrior); efsad-e fel-arz (corruption on earth) is the action of a mofsed-e fel-arz (‘corrupt on earth’). By implication, a mohareb is a ‘mohareb baa Khoda or a theomachist, a ‘warrior against God’. A large number of members of the opposition groups were in various years, in particular in 1981 and 1988, executed for ‘waging war against God’.

Ayatollah Khalkhali defined ‘corrupt on earth’ as: “one who endeavours to promote and expand corruption on earth. Corruption is something that causes degeneration and destruction and deviation of the society from its natural course.” (Mémoires Sayeh publishing house, 2000). Ayatollah Khalkhali was a religious judge, appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini, who sentenced hundreds of people to death in the summary group trials in 1979-80 and the early 1980s.

42. The other three punishments are: ‘hanging from gallows’, ‘first amputation of the right hand and then of the left foot’ and ‘banishment.’ Giving details, Article 195 stipulates that ‘in crucifixion, the convict should not be tied in a way that would lead to his death’ and ‘not be tied to the cross longer than three days.’ The term crucifixion is a reference to the punishment of ‘hanging from gallows’ as in Article 190.

Apparently the Iranian Mullahs are upset that they are no longer invited to the State Department’s Fourth Of July parties.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Cleric Wants Execution Of Protesters”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    “‘in crucifixion, the convict should…’not be tied to the cross longer than three days.'”

    Crucifixion? Multiple amputations? In the 21st century ?

    Thank goodness I’m American.

    “According to Islamic law, the saboteurs are considered as ‘mohareb’ (one who wages war against God).”

    How convenient for the tyrants. I suppose the question of whether Islam is compatible with democracy has been answered – with an iron fist.

    Can Obama stop sucking up to Islamic dictatorships now?

    • canary says:

      It’s been going on for centuries. I guess Iran’s thought to stop chopping off hands, only chopping off the alternating foot, is out the door. Something tells me the wearing of “green” (the opposing leader’s color) will be no more. Probably hold a bomb fire, and make everyone bring any clothing with green and burn it.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Amin, Lenin, Tojo, Arafat …………………. All looking up from hell and smiling!!

  3. Barbie says:

    Barbarians. Stop trying to negotiate with these 7th century inhumane murderers, Obama. Stop it with the wimp excuses. These people have no humanity.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      “These people have no humanity.”

      Apparently that’s okay in o-blah-blah’s book. Unless, of course, the German Chancellor says not, or that they’re “watching”.

      The level of o-blah-blah’s compassion appears to be equivelant to the level of his “humanity” .. which seems to be severely lacking!

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Sharia law is incompatible with our Constitution. For at least despite our flaws there is due process and the option of appeal to harsh sentences. Sharia allows no such freedoms. It’s either death or a lifetime of paying a tax to be given permission as an infidel to live in an Islamic world.

  5. canary says:

    Sorry, Americans are to busy talking about a singer that died.The masses that have came out, the moment of silence from American lawmakers. Candle’s lit for the wrong reasons.

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