The Usual In Iran

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 28, 2010


Iran on Tuesday executed a man accused of spying for Israel and another for allegedly distributing CDs and leaflets promoting an outlawed opposition group. The hangings come amid a crackdown on activists that has coincided with unpopular economic austerity measures.

Ali Akbar Siadat was accused of peddling military secrets to Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel. Ali Saremi was an alleged member of the militant group Mujahedin Khalq. Both were hanged at dawn in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The men were arrested and accused of their crimes years ago, and activists said the executions probably were part of a government attempt to send a message to the opposition. Public discontent is growing in the wake of a drastic reduction in fuel and food subsidies that has sent prices skyrocketing.

Those who question the reduction have been accused of “economic sedition” meant to undermine the Islamic Republic.

The scary thing, of course, is that it may get much worse in Iran, before there is even a hope that it might get better.

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