Journalist hanged in eastern Iran
bbc world news
05-Aug-2008 (2 comments)

Iran has executed a journalist accused of involvement with a Sunni militant group blamed for a spate of attacks in the south-east, officials have said.

Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said Yaqoub Mehrnehad and another man were hanged on Monday in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province.

Mr Mehrnehad was convicted in February of being a member of Jundallah and of "crimes against national security".

He was arrested in Zahedan last year while reporting for a Tehran newspaper.

Reports say the journalist also ran a charity apparently focused on improving childhood education.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders both Pakistan and Afghanistan, has long been affected by smuggling, drug trafficking, banditry and kidnapping. Its population is mainly made-up of the Baluchi ethnic group who are Sunni Muslims.

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Shining Head

To: Darius KADIVAR

by Shining Head on

Agha KADIVAR (why all caps?)

I am not accusing anyone. I am just posing the curious question! Learn English. It is really a good language!

It is obvious to me that Mollahs are not disclosing all the detail for security reasons (e.g. disclosing how they determined the fellow was doing whatever he was). Therefore, we may need to pose some questions.  One question is why didn't the mollahs hang over 300 other journalists who lve an dwork in Balouchestan province? Why this one?

Darius Kadivar

Can't Get at Us in the Diaspora so they kill our colleagues

by Darius Kadivar on

And your Happy Shiney Head ? Accusing a fellow colleague trying to do his job for spying for foreign powers with the so called 75 Million $ Club ? Shame on you !