Thursday, June 15, 2006

Another prisoner hanged in restive Iran province

Iran Focus: a pro-MEK website
A man has been hanged in a prison in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan, according to a state-run daily.

Ali Arbabi was hanged in a prison in the town of Iranshahr at dawn on June 8, the hard-line daily Ressalat reported on Wednesday. He was accused of murder.

Sistan-va-Baluchistan Province is home to Baluchis, a predominantly Sunni Muslim ethnic minority.

Iran has witnessed escalating unrest since 2005 in areas populated by Baluchis, who complain of discriminatory and repressive policies by the theocratic regime.

In recent months, Iranian authorities have stepped up executions in the restive province in what many Baluchis believe is a response to a spate of attacks by dissidents on government and security officials. READ MORE