Execution Timeline – 9 May 2010 #Iran Executed 5 Prisoners of Conscience

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Execution Timeline - 9 May 2010 #Iran Executed 5 Prisoners of Conscience

On this day in 2010, Iran executed five political prisoners: four Kurdish political activists and another Iranian man, all convicted of “moharebeh” (enmity against God).

The four Kurds – Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alam-Houli – along with Mehdi Eslamian, were hanged on Sunday, 9 May at Evin prison in Tehran.

Click on the image to read a poem by one of the five, Farzad Kamangar, a primary school teacher, written to his mother from prison.

The five were accused of “enmity against God” for carrying out “terrorist acts” and convicted of this vaguely worded charge which can carry the death penalty and is usually applied to those who take up arms against the state.

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