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According to reports by the Committee on the Rights of the Detained, a 22 year old held in the quarantine ward of Evin prison in Tehran died in detention. The committee, set up by human rights activists and former political prisoners, aims to track the situation of those detained in the recent protests in Iran, explained that prisoners released from Evin on Sunday provided the information on Sina Ghanbari’s death and that the cause of his death was unclear.

On Monday, Tayebeh Siavashi, an MP from Tehran, announced that she had inquired about the case and that security officials had explained that Ghanbari had committed suicide while in detention. People are demanding accountability and are angry at the news, which has only increased concern about the situation of the more than 1,700 protesters, according to official figures, who have been arrested during the recent unrest in Iran.

The arrest of student activists started after students at some universities staged protests in support of national protests, which started on December 28 in Mashad and quickly spread across the country. Iranians and foreign observers alike have widely criticized the mass arrest of student activists as unnecessary and illegal.

Source : Anger and Fear Grow about Fate of Detained Protesters in Iran – LobeLog

US troops operating under the command of an unnamed US major, who had been involved in the rape of an Iraqi female,decapitated the brother of the victim last year showed one such document posted on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Those who supported this madness should raise their flag higher today to show their support for these “brave heroes”.
For those of you who do not remember the Haditha masscare take a look at these news and videos:

What happened at Haditha?

5) Four brothers put in wardrobe and shot dead in a third house.
By Martin Asser
BBC News

Maliya Abdul Hamid, whose father and other relatives were killed in Haditha incident

The dead in Haditha included members of whole families

Haditha is an agricultural community of about 90,000 people on the banks of the Euphrates north-west of Baghdad.

It lies in the huge western province of Anbar, which became the heartland of the insurgency after US-led troops invaded Iraq in 2003.

It was a dangerous place for the US marines who control this part of Iraq – and for the inhabitants, caught between insurgents and American troops.

On the morning of 19 November 2005, the Subhani neighbourhood was the scene of an event that was then a regular occurrence – a roadside bomb targeting a US patrol.

It killed 20-year-old Lance Corp Miguel (“TJ”) Terrazas, driving one of four Humvee vehicles in the patrol, and injured two other marines.

Haditha map

A simple US military statement hinted at the bloody chain of events that the attack started – though subsequent scrutiny showed it to be far from the truth.

It said: “A US marine and 15 civilians were killed yesterday from the blast of a roadside bomb in Haditha.

“Immediately following the bombing, gunmen attacked the convoy with small arms fire. Iraqi army soldiers and marines returned fire, killing eight insurgents and wounding another.”

Video footage

The tragedy of Haditha may have been left at that – just another statistic of “war-torn” Iraq – a place too dangerous to be reported properly by journalists, where openness is not in the interests of political and military circles, and the sheer scale of death numbs the senses.

However, the following day a self-styled local journalist and human-rights activist, Taher Thabet al-Hadithi, got his video camera out and filmed scenes that – whatever they were – were not the aftermath of a roadside bombing.

US marines on patrol in Haditha

Haditha is considered hostile territory for US marines

The bodies of women and children, still in their nightclothes, apparently shot in their own homes; interior walls and ceilings peppered with bullet holes; bloodstains on the floor.

A couple of months later, Mr Hadithi’s tape was passed to the US newsmagazine Time, which published an account based on the footage.

The magazine also handed a copy of the tape to US military commanders in Baghdad, who initiated a preliminary investigation.

Following their findings, the official version was changed to say that, after the roadside bombing, the 15 civilians had been accidentally shot by marines during a gun fight with insurgents.

Nevertheless, on 9 March 2006 the top US commanders in Baghdad began a criminal investigation, led by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS).

On 7 April three officers in charge of troops in Haditha were also stripped of their command and reassigned.

‘Pretended to die’

Eyewitness accounts suggest that comrades of TJ Terrazas, far from coming under enemy fire, went on the rampage in Haditha after his death.

A US soldier came in and shot at us, I pretended to be dead and he didn’t notice me
Safa Younis

Twelve-year-old Safa Younis appears on video saying she was in one of three houses where troops came in and indiscriminately killed family members.

“They knocked at our front door and my father went to open it. They shot him dead from behind the door and then they shot him again,” she says in the video.

“Then one American soldier came in and shot at us all. I pretended to be dead and he didn’t notice me.”

There were eight bodies in the house, including Safa’s five siblings, aged between two and 14.

In another house seven people including a child and his 70-year-old grandfather were killed. Four brothers aged 41 to 24 died in a third house. Eyewitnesses said they were forced into a wardrobe and shot.

In the street, US troops gunned down four students and a taxi driver they had stopped at a roadblock set up after the bombing.

According to a witness, they were shot by the side of the road, as they stood with their hands on their heads.

Trials and inquiries

Events in Haditha have been the subject of several official investigations as well as criminal charges against some members of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment alleged to have carried out the killings.

Sgt Frank Wuterich

Sgt Wuterich was the last man to have murder charges dropped

The alleged ringleader, Sgt Frank Wuterich, 28, was charged with voluntary manslaughter while L/Cpl Stephen Tatum was changed with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Murder charges were dismissed against all the marines from Kilo Company, including Sgt Sanick Dela Cruz, who was granted immunity in exchange for giving evidence to the military court.

The defendants have stuck to their initial account, that the dead were either assailants or civilians killed unwittingly in the crossfire.

Their supporters in the US have accused Mr Hadithi of being an insurgent himself, and distorting or actually fabricating the evidence.

Meanwhile, the US-backed Iraqi government launched its own inquiry, saying there was a limit to the “acceptable excuses” by the US military for causing civilian deaths, in this as well as a string of other high-profile cases in Iraq.

A report by the US military in Iraq found that senior marine commanders had been negligent in their failure to properly investigate the Haditha killings, and four officers were initially charged with dereliction and failing to report and investigate the killings.

Two had their charges dismissed by a military court in the US, but Lt Col Jeffrey Chessani became the most senior US serviceman since the Vietnam War to face a court martial for actions in combat.

graphic - US troops version
1) Marine Lance Corp Miguel Terrazas dies in attack on US convoy.
2) US military initially says bomb also killed 15 Iraqi civilians.
3) Eight insurgents killed after attacking convoy. US later says the 15 civilians were not killed by bomb, but shot accidentally in battle.
graphic - Iraqi eyewitnesses' version
1) Marine Lance Corp Miguel Terrazas dies in bomb attack on convoy of four Humvees. Troops then “go on rampage”.
2) At roadblock, four students and taxi driver killed.
3) Eight people killed in one of three houses.
4) Seven killed in a second house.


(CRIMINAL EVENT) MURDER RPT HADITHA SWAT : ___ UE KIA — Iraq War Logs

(CRIMINAL EVENT) MURDER RPT HADITHA SWAT : ___ UE KIA

2009-05-25 18:00:00

Take care; definitions may be wrong.


AAA MISSION/OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOM ___ / Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-AP

___ WHO: MAJOR (___ SWAT Commander)

___ WHAT: ALLEGEDLY TRANSFERRED A HADITHA SWAT PRISONER TO FACILITATE ___. (MNC- )

___ WHERE: ___, HADITHAH DISTRICT IP STATION

___ WHEN: 26MAY2009

___ WHY: Major (___ Commander) HAD PERSONAL GRIEVANCES WITH THE PRISONER.

___ DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: ON 25MAY09, MAJOR ___ (SWAT Commander) AND COL (___) TOLD -___ LEADERSHIP THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DELIVER TWO DETAINEES TO ___ IN THE NORTH BECAUSE THERE WAS MORE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE ON THE TWO DETAINEES IN ___ THAN IN HADITHAH. WHILE ___ NORTH, Major ___ HIS CONVOY TO PULL OVER AND TRANSFER THE TWO DETAINEES TO HIS UNCLE AND FOUR BROTHERS. ACCORDING TO COL , ___ IP FOUND ONE OF THE DETAINEES DECAPITATED AND THE OTHER WAS RELEASED BY Major ‘ ___ MEMBERS. Major ___ CURRENTLY IN IP CUSTODY.
OVER A YEAR AGO Major ___ RELIEVED AS HADITHAH SWAT Commander DUE TO HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE RAPING OF A FEMALE LOCAL NATIONAL. THE BEHEADED DETAINEE IS REPORTED TO BE THE BROTHER OF THE RAPED FEMALE WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED Major ‘ ___ IN RETALIATION FOR THE RAPING OF HIS ___.

Closed ___

One more victim of disgusting rules of the Islamic repiblic. I don’t care what the story behind his conviction is, if he is guilty of murder or not, the whole thing is a shameful proof of injustice in our society ruled by a barbaric bunch of lunatics.

Mohammadreza Haddadi

Mohammadreza Haddadi

Murder is murder, no matter if a person does it or a government does it in the name of revenge, justice or national security. Killing a human being, specially when he is so young, is WRONG PERIOD.

AIUK : Iran must halt tomorrow’s hanging of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, convicted aged 15

Iran must halt tomorrow’s hanging of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, convicted aged 15

Posted: 06 July 2010

Amnesty International is urgently calling on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who could face death by hanging as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday 7 July) for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.

Mohammad Reza Haddadi’s family were told by judicial officials on Sunday (4 July) that they should arrange a last visit to their son before he is executed in the early hours of tomorrow at Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz.

Mohammad Reza Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 for the murder of Mohammad Bagher, who was killed while driving between Shiraz and Kazeroun, a town south of Shiraz. He confessed to the killing initially but during the trial he retracted this confession and said he’d made it because his two co-accused said they would give his family money if he did so. He then denied that he had taken any part in the murder and his co-defendants are said to have since supported his claims of innocence and withdrawn their testimony implicating him in the murder.

Despite this, his death sentence was confirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court in July 2005. Since then, his execution has been scheduled several times – for October 2008, when it was stayed on the order of the Head of the Judiciary, and then for 27 May and 16 July 2009.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Director Malcolm Smart said:

“Mohammad Reza Haddadi must not be executed for a murder that he is alleged to have committed when only 15 years old.

“This constant and repeated threat of imminent execution hanging over Mohammad Reza Haddadi, and the fear and anguish that this is causing him and his family is no less than a form of torture. The threat of execution must be lifted now, once and for all.

“The Iranian authorities must immediately cease executing convicted juvenile offenders, in breach of international law.”

Convicted juvenile offenders have previously been executed without prior warning to their lawyers, although Iranian law requires that their lawyers receive 48 hours’ notice. The death penalty is used for a wide range of offences in Iran, and is still applicable to those who are convicted of committing a capital offence while under the age of 18.

Note to editors
Since 1990 Iran has executed at least 46 people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18 years old. Eight of these executions were in 2008 and five in 2009.

Delara Darabi was executed on 1 May 2009 despite her having been given a two-month stay of execution by the Head of the Judiciary. Neither her parents nor her lawyers were notified before her execution despite the legal requirement on the authorities to inform her lawyer 48 hours in advance.

Behnoud Shojaee was executed on 11 October 2009, for allegedly killing another youth when only 17 years old. His execution had previously been postponed six times.

On 17 December 2009, Mosleh Zamani was executed. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for allegedly raping his girlfriend, a woman several years older than him, with whom he was allegedly having a relationship, when he was 17. His death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court in July 2007. He may not have had adequate legal representation.

At least 135 juvenile offenders remain on death row in Iran.

The execution of juvenile offenders is prohibited under international law, including Article 6(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a state party.

In Iran a person convicted of murder has no right to seek pardon or commutation from the state, in violation of Article 6(4) of the ICCPR. The family of a murder victim have the right either to insist on execution, or to pardon the killer and receive financial compensation (diyeh).