Mullahs hang 30 persons in public in recent weeks

At least 30 persons were hanged in the past weeks in different Iranian cities charged with such offenses as drug trafficking and banditry.

Two men in the southern Iranian city of Boushehr (Aug. 19), five men in Gonabad (northeastern Iran, Aug. 6) , three men in Birjand (northeastern Iran, July 29), two men in Khorramabad (western Iran) and a man and a woman in Isfahan (central Iran, July 30), twelve men in Mashhad (northeastern Iran, July 14), two men in Kashmar (eastern Iran, July 10), and two men in Shahroud (northeastern Iran, July 10) were hanged in public.

It was also reported on August 9 that Mohammad Assadi, a 69-year-old lawyer, had been executed after years of imprisonment.

The bloody crackdown of the uprising in Fars Province on August 13 and 14, as well as the August 12 stoning of a 20-year-old woman in Boukan (western Iran) and the raid on the office of a magazine in Tehran on August 17 are but a few indications that ceaseless executions, inhuman and medieval punishments and savage repression will continue in Iran and that pinning any hope on "change," "reform" and the "rule of law" is futile.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
August 19, 1997

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