{mosimage}BPCIF: The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom is appalled by the death sentence handed to six Iranian opposition activists which the Tehran prosecutor announced on Saturday would be carried out imminently. PRESS RELEASE


{mosimage}The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom is appalled by the death sentence handed to six Iranian opposition activists which the Tehran prosecutor announced on Saturday would be carried out imminently.
 
The six are Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghai, Alireza Ghanbari, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and his son Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam. Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said they were convicted of the charge of "moharebeh", or waging war on God, for supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran and taking part in anti-government protests last year.
 
This follows the execution last Sunday of five Kurdish activists including one woman.
 
Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, who chairs the Committee, said: "This barbaric sentence is meant only to terrorise the brave millions of Iranians who are continuously taking to the streets to demand democratic change and an end to clerical rule. How many more corpses will the mullahs need to prop up their unpopular regime?"
 
"Our new government and others should condemn the regime for these barbaric sentences because of their support for the PMOI and demands for democracy", Lord Corbett added. "The UK and EU should impose comprehensive sanctions on the regime until it halts all political executions".
 
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
15 May 2010
 
 
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The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom has the support of more than 120 cross-party MPs and Peers.
The French news agency AFP on Saturday quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying that the death sentence for the six opposition activists had been upheld.