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Iran Focus: Tehran, May 25 – A young man was hanged in public in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz, accused of armed robbery and disturbing the peace.
The original sentence of the man, only identified as Akbar M., had been upheld by the State Supreme Court.

Washington Times: The main Iranian opposition group, in exile and based in France, yesterday condemned the European Union's "betrayal" for negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program. "Negotiating with the mullahs' regime constitutes a betrayal," Mohammed Mohaddessin, an official of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said at a press conference. He accused Tehran of human rights violations.

Khaleej Times (UAE) editorial: IRAN needs change. This is a long recognised fact and even those in the establishment do agree that the country needs to change and change soon. But when those who led the Islamic Revolution in 1979 from the front give the clarion call for reform pointing out the revolution has gone wrong, it really is bad news for Iran’s rulers.

Iran Focus: Tehran, May 12 - Three Iranian men were hanged in public yesterday in the southern town of Susangerd, in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, according to the state-run news agency. The young men, who were identified as Nasser Ch., Aref S. and Ali S., were accused of abducting and murdering a six-year-old boy in February 2002.

Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders today called on bloggers throughout the world to post messages in support of Iranian blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since 12 February and who began a hunger-strike on 14 May. "The life of this young blogger is in danger as he is being held in a prison where several detainees have died or have been injured in violence between inmates," the press freedom organization said.

Human Rights Watch: The Iranian government should immediately release Yusuf Azizi Banitaraf, an Iranian journalist of Arab descent, and allow independent journalists and human rights monitors to report on a government crackdown on protests in the southern province of Khuzistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Plainclothes agents arrested Banitaraf, who has written 20 books on ethnic minorities in Iran, in Tehran on April 25 during a press conference held by the nongovernmental Center for the Defense of Human Rights.

Reuters: Human rights lawyers on Monday accused Iran's hardline judiciary of permitting an illegal trial that acquitted a government agent of the killing of a Canadian photojournalist. However, a judge gave the lawyers' arguments short shrift and indefinitely postponed giving his verdict on their appeal, one of the human rights team said.

AFP: An Iranian man convicted of murder has been hanged in prison in the Caspian Sea town of Noshahr, the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Quoted by the paper, a judiciary official in the port city said 23-year-old Majid Alghosi was executed for killing Siavosh Abassian in a family feud some four years ago. No further details were given.

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