Thursday, October 13, 2005

Kurdish journalists charged with "Combat against God"

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
Abbass Jamali, defense attorney for 3 Kurdish journalists who were arrested in the town of Sanandadj and charged with being party to the incitement of the July/August protests in Kurdistan, explains that they are charged, according to article 186 of the Islamic penal code and have been found guilty of "Combat against God". Jamali said that his clients' trials will start on Dec. 21st in Sanandadj. Other charges against the 3 journalists are "Acting Against National Security and Leadership".

International human rights organizations have repeatedly broached the subject of the release of journalists Ejlaal Qavaami and Saeed Saa'edi, as well as Dr. Roya Tolouii [who other than her medical career, is a writer and political analyst], with the regime, to no avail.
I believe the punishment for "combat against God" is death.