Thursday, 28 January 2010

Iran executes two men arrested in presidential election unrest for 'waging war against God'

Iran has executed two men arrested during June's presidential unrest and convicted of 'waging war against God'.

The executions appear to be the first of people tried in the Islamic courts in connection with the bloody election protests that gripped the country last year.

The two men were hung today at dawn.

They 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, Iranian media said.

The lawyer of one of those executed said 19-year-old Arash Rahmanipour was detained before the election.

Nasrin Sotoudeh described the charges as 'political' and the verdict as 'illegal and unjust.'

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