Iran hangs 11 Sun­nis con­victed of attacks

The Pak Banker - - International -

TEHRAN: Iran hanged 11 men au­thor­i­ties said were mem­bers of an armed Sunni mil­i­tant group con­victed of bomb­ings, the of­fi­cial IRNA news agency re­ported. The men were said to be mem­bers of Jun­dal­lah, the group that claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for an at­tack last week on Shi­ite wor­ship­pers that killed 39 peo­ple in the south­east­ern port city of Chah­ba­har.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­demned the ex­e­cu­tions, say­ing they bear "the hall­mark of an act of re­tal­i­a­tion" for the at­tack last week, "not jus­tice." The rights group said Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties must re­spect hu­man rights and up­hold their obli­ga­tions un­der in­ter­na­tional law, but "in this case, they ap­pear to have meted out sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions in a man­ner that com­pletely ig­nores these re­quire­ments." The IRNA re­port iden­ti­fied all 11 men hanged by their full names. All their fam­ily names in­di­cated they were mem­bers of the Sunni eth­nic Baluchi mi­nor­ity in Shi­ite­dom­i­nated Iran.

Jun­dal­lah has been wag­ing an in­sur­gency for years in re­mote Sis­tan-Baluchis­tan prov­ince, a law­less area in south­east­ern Iran bor­der­ing Pak­istan where smug­gling and ban­ditry are rife. The groups says it is fight­ing for the rights of the Baluchi mi­nor­ity, which it says suf­fers dis­crim­i­na­tion at the hands of Iran's Shi­ite's lead­er­ship. Iran has ac­cused the group of links to al-Qaida, but ex­perts say no ev­i­dence of such a link has been found. The United States des­ig­nated Jun­dal­lah a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion ear­lier this year. "Eleven mem­bers of the ter­ror­ist group and mer­ce­nar­ies who had a role in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, fight­ing po­lice and killing in­no­cent peo­ple were hanged," said Ebrahim Hamidi, head of Jus­tice Depart­ment of Sis­tanBaluchis­tan prov­ince. -Ap

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