Iran to Execute Kurdish Activist for ‘Enmity With God’
A Kurdish man suspected of being a member of a socialist opposition party is awaiting imminent execution in Iran.
Since the beginning of 2011, Iranian authorities have executed at least 135 people, 13 of whom were publicly hanged. Last year, the country conducted more executions than any other nation except China. –ARK
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Fears are growing for the fate of a political activist in Iran who is facing imminent execution after being convicted of acting against national security.
Sherko Moarefi, a 31-year-old ethnic Kurd from Baneh in north-west Iran, was arrested in October 2008 on suspicion of being a member of a Kurdish opposition political party, Komala. The leftwing separatist group has been branded a terrorist organisation by Iran.
Moarefi was sentenced to death after being convicted of “acting against the national security” and moharebeh (waging war against God) – vague charges that Iran has used against many political activists in recent years.
… “Sherko is innocent. Enmity with God is a charge for those who have taken up arms against the regime but Moarefi has been a peaceful activist,” he [Khalil Bahramian, one of Moarefi’s lawyers] added.
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