Arash Rahmanipour

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Arash Rahmanipour, (c. 1990-January 28, 2010) was one of the two people hanged in early 2010 by the Iranian government after being convicted of waging war against God (Moharebeh) and attempting to overthrow the Islamic regime.[1] Some government-controlled media outlets had originally alleged that one of the reasons behind Arash Rahmanipour's execution was for participation in post-election protests, trying to associate him with Iranian Green Movement, in what has been called by some analysts "an attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment", despite the fact that Rahmanipour was arrested months before the 2009 presidential elections and was in jail during the post-election protests.


The execution took place on Thursday January 28, 2010 just before dawn.[2] The other executed prisoner was Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani.


The regime has claimed that the two were members of a political group "the Kingdom Assembly of Iran" and this membership is announced as the reason for execution. The Kingdom Assembly of Iran confirmed it had worked with Ali-Zamani, (but not Rahmanipour) and "dismissed the allegations" and insisted he had been forced to confess. The group said he had played no role in the post-election protests and had merely passed on news to its radio station.[3]

The Islamic regime had announced nine other are sentenced to death and called them moharebeh or "enemies of God".[2] This came along with warning of more public trials of opposition supporters. This is apparently an "attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment" Los Angeles Times said.[2] According to the Washington Post newspaper, the two men were arrested before the 2009 presidential elections and the protests over the legitimacy of the elections, but were tried in "the same mass trial" as the election protestors "in an attempt to show that the political opposition is in league with violent armed groups in a foreign-backed plot to overthrow the Islamic system."[4]

According to officials of the regime "these two were executed in connection with Iranian protests after June election"[5] But Rahmanipour's lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh denies the allegation of her client had to do with current Iranian protests.[2] Sotoudeh noted in interviews that Rahamanipour was arrested months before the 2009 election and was later imprisoned herself for give these interviews.[6]

According to Los Angeles Times "The government has stepped up legal pressure on the opposition movement with another round of confrontations possible Feb. 11, the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic."[2]

Family response[edit]

Rahmanipour's father condemned the execution of his son as unjust [7] and stated that he only learned of the execution and his son's death from the TV news. He has called his son a martyr,[1] and according to a report on English-language Al Jazeera International by reporter Dorsa Jabbari he refused to "accept condolences over his son's death, only congratulations, as his son had died a martyr for the cause of Iranian democracy."[8]


  1. ^ a b `You Can’t Punish Someone Before He Commits A Crime’ January 29, 2010, Radio Farda
  2. ^ a b c d e Daragahi, Borzou (January 29, 2010). "Iran executes 2 alleged government opponents". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Iran 'executes two over post-election unrest' 28 January 2010
  4. ^ Iran's judiciary chief refuses to speed executions By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, February 1, 2010
  5. ^ "Two of election protesters were hanged" (in Persian). BBC. January 28, 2010.
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  7. ^ Iran execution provokes outrage on YouTube
  8. ^ IRAN: Hard-line cleric likens protesters to defiant 'Jews,' urges 'quick executions', January 29, 2010