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Iran Meted Alleged US-based Militant Leader With Death Penalty

By 02/21/2023 8:21 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Authorities said Tuesday that a top member of an Iranian opposition group with ties to the United States, who Iran was jailed on charges related to the deadly 2008 mosque bombing, had been given the death penalty.

According to Iran, Jamshid Sharmahd, an Iranian-German person in his late 60s who resides in the United States, is the head of an organization that calls for the restoration of the monarchy toppled in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

His family has denied involvement in attacks and said he was simply the opposition group’s spokesperson.

They claim that in 2020, Iranian intelligence kidnapped him from Dubai. Glendora, California, is where he was born.

The appealable death sentence was passed amid prolonged anti-government demonstrations in Iran and a harsh crackdown on dissent.

Outside-of-Iran monarchists and individuals and organizations with opposing viewpoints support the protests.

According to the judiciary’s official website, Sharmahd was found guilty of planning terrorist attacks.

He was tried in a Revolutionary Court, where rights organizations claim defendants are not given a fair trial and procedures occur behind closed doors.

He has been charged with organizing several attacks, including the 2008 bombing of Shiraz’s Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada Mosque, which resulted in 14 fatalities and more than 200 injuries. Also, he has been charged with spying and cooperating with US intelligence.

According to state television, his gang was also responsible for the 2010 explosion of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran, which injured numerous people.

According to Iran, the Kingdom Assembly of Iran’s militant branch, Tondar, is said to be led by Sharmahd. In 2009, he had previously been the target of a suspected Iranian murder plot on American grounds.

His family claims that in July 2020, when he suddenly stopped returning their calls or messages, he was traveling through Dubai on his route to India for a business deal.

According to location data, his phone left a hotel close to the airport and traveled south before crossing the border into the neighboring country of Oman and terminating in the port of Sohar.

Two days later, the Intelligence Ministry issued a picture of Sharmahd wearing a blindfold, and Iran declared that he had been apprehended in a “complicated operation.”

His family claims he spent more than 18 months in solitary confinement before going on trial in February of last year.

The hundreds of thousands of Iranians who reside in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city in the United Arab Emirates and a close friend of the United States, are believed to be under the control of Iran, according to Western officials.

Although Tehran has denied participation, Iran is accused of kidnapping and killing British-Iranian national Abbas Yazdi in Dubai in 2013.

In Dubai, the U.S. State Department maintains its Iran Regional Presence Office, where diplomats watch developments in Iranian media and interact with Iranians.

Angered by the death of a 22-year-old woman imprisoned by the morality police for allegedly breaking Iran’s stringent Islamic dress code, anti-government protests have shaken the country for over five months.

The country’s ruling clergy have been called upon to be overthrown by the demonstrators.

According to rights organizations, security personnel has used live bullets, bird shots, and batons to strike the protesters.

According to Human Rights Activists in Iran, an organization keeping track of the turmoil, at least 530 protestors have died, and close to 20,000 people have been detained.

Without giving any supporting data, Iranian officials have accused hostile foreign forces of being behind the demonstrations.

They have also withheld official counts of those slain and detained.

Activists claim that at least 16 more men have received death sentences in Iran, where four men have been hanged for alleged acts of protest-related violence.

They were put on trial in Revolutionary Courts, which forbade defendants from choosing their attorneys or viewing the evidence against them.




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