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Iran Executed Another Female Rape Victim

Postby CR » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:58 pm

IRI Executed Another Female Rape Victim

She was Beaten, Abused, Raped and Finally Executed by IRI

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Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, at risk of execution following an unfair trial in which she was convicted of the murder of her husband. She was 17 years old at the time of the crime.

“Child bride.” “Criminal.” “Juvenile offender.” These are some of the many labels assigned to Zeinab Sekaanvand during her far too short life. Sekaanvand, who was executed on Tuesday in Urumieh prison in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, was rarely seen for who she really was: a vulnerable young woman trapped in a cycle of violence and sexual abuse since childhood.

Sekaanvand, who was 24 when she was hanged, had spent almost a third of her life in detention. In February 2012, she was arrested and put on trial over the murder of her husband, a crime that took place when she was 17 years old. She had reported being raped by her brother-in-law and tortured by police after her arrest. What’s especially chilling about Sekaanvand’s case is the number of points at which the Iranian authorities could have intervened to help her. Sekaanvand reported the abuse she suffered. She spoke out, yet she was ignored.

It’s a scenario that is all too familiar to many women and girls. But because Sekaanvand lived in Iran, her story took an even darker turn.

There are many more like Sekaavand in Iran—which is one of the world’s last countries to execute “juvenile offenders.” At least 88 people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime are currently on death row, some of whom have been languishing there for over a decade. In particular, Zeinab’s case echoes that of Fatemeh Salbehi, who was executed in 2015 at the age of 23 for the murder of her husband, whom she had been forced to marry when she was 16.

Looking closer, Sekaavand’s case reads like a textbook explainer of the myriad ways the Iranian justice system stacks the odds against women.

Born in northwest Iran into an impoverished and culturally conservative Iranian Kurdish family, Sekaanvand was 15 years old when she ran away from home to marry a man called Hossein Sarmadi. Zeinab had said she saw the marriage as her only opportunity for a better life. But her new husband was violent, and the relationship quickly became physically and verbally abusive.

Sekaanvand requested a divorce on more than one occasion but her husband refused. In Iran, the legal system’s deeply-entrenched discrimination against women and girls often prevents them from getting a divorce, even if they are subjected to domestic violence.

Although Sekaanvand registered several complaints about her husband’s violent abuse with the police, they repeatedly ignored her pleas for help and failed to launch an investigation against him.

Desperate, Sekaanvand tried to return to her parents, but they had disowned her for running away. She said that, meanwhile, Hossein’s brother was regularly raping her. Still a child, she was under the power of two violent and abusive men, and no one would help her.

In February 2012, Sekaanvand was arrested for the murder of her husband. She was denied access to a lawyer and said she was tortured and beaten by police officers during questioning. It is under these circumstances that Sekaanvand “confessed” to stabbing her husband. It was only at her final court hearing, three years after her arrest, that the authorities provided her with a lawyer. At this point, she retracted her “confession,” telling the judge that her husband’s brother—her alleged rapist—had committed the murder.

Sekaanvand said in court that her brother-in-law had told her that, if she accepted responsibility, he would pardon her. Under Iranian law, murder victims’ relatives have the power to pardon the offender and accept financial compensation instead. But rather than request further investigations, the authorities dismissed Sekaanvand’s statement—convicting and sentencing her to death by hanging.

Sekaanvand’s trauma did not end there. In 2015, while in Urumieh prison, Sekaanvand became pregnant after marrying a male prisoner. Her child was stillborn in September 2015. Doctors said her baby had died in her womb two days earlier due to shock—around the same time that Sekaanvand’s cellmate and closest friend had been executed. The authorities forced Sekaanvand to go back to prison the day after the stillbirth and did not provide her with any postnatal care or psycho-social support.

Before she was executed this week, the authorities carried out a pregnancy test on Sekaanvand. When it came back negative, they took it as a green light to execute her.

Sekaanvand’s life was defined by a legal system which brazenly disadvantages women. A system which sets the age of criminal responsibility at nine years for girls and 15 for boys—and the legal age of marriage for girls at 13. It does not criminalize rape of a woman by her husband. It violently imposes the abusive, discriminatory and degrading practice of forced hijab (veiling) on women and young girls and then jails the ones who campaign against it.

It’s a system where, ultimately, a woman’s testimony is worth less than a man’s. That’s why no one in power listened to Sekaanvand’s story. They chose to end it instead.
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Iranian Joke of the Century: IRI Parliament Anti-Terrorism

Postby CR » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:58 am

Iranian Joke of the Century: IRI Parliament Anti-Terrorism Measures!

Iranian Joke of the Century

IRI Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Measures!

IRI’s New Circus Show for the Globe!

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IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran) Islamist Terrorist Regime has put on a new Tragicomedy Mask and displayed it to the globe as a Neo PR Tactic!

“Iran's Parliament Passes Measures Against Funding Terrorism”
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China Cuts Iran Oil Purchases Ahead of US November Sanctions

Postby CR » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:06 am

China Cuts Iran Oil Purchases Ahead of US November Sanctions

Surprising Move from China, Ally of IRI

US Trade War on China is Working
US Sanctions on Iran are Working

November Additional Sanctions are Near
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China Cuts Iran Oil Purchases Ahead of U.S. Sanctions

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In boost for Washington, Chinese companies pull back on deals as Saudis pledge to increase supply

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The U.S. is set to renew sanctions on Iran’s energy sector early next month. Above, an Iranian oil platform. Photo: raheb homavandi/Reuters

China is cutting some of its oil trade with Iran after vowing for months to resist U.S. sanctions on the exports, providing Washington with an unexpected boost to its efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic.

The move comes as Saudi Arabia, seeking to damp a foreign-relations crisis, said this month that it would increase oil supply, pushing down prices and giving traders further options outside Iran.

The shift by Beijing, Iran’s top customer, gives the U.S. a building block in an economic barrier around Iran as it prepares to renew sanctions on the country’s energy sector in early November.

China’s largest oil refiners, China National Petroleum Corp. and China Petrochemical Corp., haven't booked any Iranian cargo for November, according to people familiar with the matter. China has been importing about 600,000 barrels of Iranian crude a day.

Bank of Kunlun, owned by CNPC, has told its Iranian customers it will stop doing business with them by the sanctions deadline on Nov. 4, according to customers in Tehran.

Bank of Kunlun has been the main Chinese bank carrying payments for Iranian oil exports and financing exports of Beijing’s goods to Tehran. Halting payment will make this business with Iran less attractive for both sides.

CNPC, Sinopec and Kunlun didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The U.S. has said it is in discussions with partners and allies about enforcing sanctions. A U.S. official said Washington has engaged with China extensively on the matter.

The latest Saudi pledges to ramp up supply came this week as the kingdom sought to damp tensions over the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2.

“That’s helped sanctions and that’s harmed Iran,” said Adel Hamaizia, a Middle-East associate fellow at London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.

The statements brought oil prices down to around $75 a barrel from recent highs around $85 a barrel. With the drop, “refiners can replace Iranian oil at a price they can afford,” said Homayoun Falakshahi, an Iran-focused analyst at U.K. consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

The U.S. now has more leverage on nations that had been reluctant to go along with the sanctions, the U.S. official said. Any exemptions or waivers to keep buying Iranian oil beyond early November will be limited in time, as the aim is to bring Iran’s exports to zero, the official said.

“There may not be much need for waivers because [Tehran’s oil buyers] are stopping business with Iran even before sanctions start,” the official said.

Even before the Chinese move, reduced purchases had been eroding Iran’s production.

Iran’s output declined to 3.3 million barrels a day as of early October, according to a person familiar with production data. That is down from 3.8 million barrels a day in May, when President Trump decided to pull out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and begin the process of reinstating sanctions.

European refiners such as France’s Total SAand Spain’s Cepsa have stopped buying Iranian oil while others such as Italy’s SarasSpA and EniSpA are winding down trades.

India is among the countries negotiating with the U.S. for a possible sanctions waiver, the U.S. official said, adding that any exemption would be limited to giving India more time to find replacement suppliers.

India imported about 500,000 barrels a day of oil from Iran last month, according to Swedish oil-data firm TankerTrackers.com. But it has told oil companies that it expects to cut that amount to 300,000 barrels a day in November.

Mr. Trump, when asked on Oct. 11 about the decision of some countries like India and China to continue to purchase oil from Iran, told reporters: “We will take care of them.”

The U.S. has pressed the Saudis to sustain oil supply to meet demand as Iranian oil is cut off.

As the international response to the killing of Mr. Khashoggi this month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul put more pressure on Saudi Arabia to comply, Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih stepped up plans to boost supplies.

This week he promised a new production increase of 300,000 barrels a day and didn’t rule out topping the increase by another 1 million barrels a day if needed.

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Iran Assassination Chains in Europe

Postby CR » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:28 am

Iran Assassination Chains in Europe
Terrorist Regime of Iran is Back to Its Assassination Plots
IRI is Killing Iranian Opposition in Europe

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Islamic Republic of Iran Terrorist Regime has started a series of assassination plots in Europe. It has been a while since the Terrorist Regime of Tehran assassinated any opposition members, until recently in 2017 and 2018 which IRI plotted and attempted assassinations. IRI is back to its original assassination plots of the 1980s and 1990s. Again in 2010s, the Terrorist Regime is back to killing the Iranian Opposition abroad.

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European Union must comprehend that it cannot deal with a Terrorist Regime with a history of 4 decades of terror. This recent assassination chain is causing the EU to think twice about continuation of dealing with IRI.

IRI new assassination plots started again in 2017 in Denmark and continued in 2018 in France attempting to assassinate Maryam Rajavi and now another plot in Denmark.

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A colossal manhunt, an extradition, and an Arab separatist movement.

In an alleged plot that has taken weeks to come to light, Denmark has accused Iran of planning to assassinate an activist on its soil.

Iran has dismissed the allegations. But Denmark has recalled its ambassador from Tehran and is speaking to other EU countries about how to respond.

Both countries had already clashed this year after a deadly shooting at an Iranian military parade in September.

Iran accused Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain of harbouring members of militant opposition groups following the deadly attack, in which more than 25 people were killed.

One of those groups is at the centre of Denmark's murder plot allegation.

Their claim also comes as the EU tries to save a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, from which the US has already withdrawn.

In August, the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on the country, and a second wave comes into force on 5 November.

So what does Denmark say happened? What's been the response? And has this happened elsewhere in Europe?

What happened in the investigation?

The drama started in September, when - seemingly from nowhere - a large area around Denmark's capital Copenhagen was cut off.

Police closed bridges, boats and trains to and from Zealand, Denmark's largest island, in a massive hunt for a Swedish-registered black Volvo.

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Three people involved in a "serious crime" were in the car, an official statement said at the time. "Witnesses who see the vehicle should contact the police immediately," it added.

After hours of confusion and travel chaos, the authorities reopened all transport links and apologised, saying in a tweet there was nothing new to report on the case.

Rumours have circulated ever since about what prompted the unprecedented action, which came just six days after the Iranian military parade was attacked.

On Tuesday, the shocking answer came.

Finn Borch Andersen, head of Denmark's intelligence service Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET), said the agency believed Iran "was planning an attack in Denmark" against three activists.

The trio, who live in the city of Ringsted, south-west of Copenhagen, are part of the separatist Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of al-Ahwaz (ASMLA).

What is ASMLA?

◾The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of al-Ahwaz was set up in 1999, and is classified as a terrorist group in Iran
◾ASMLA is one of several groups that wants a separate Arab state in the country's south-western Khuzestan Province
◾It split in two in 2015, with one faction based in the Netherlands and the other based in Denmark. Both groups are called ASMLA
◾ Group founder Ahmad Mola Nissi was shot dead in November 2017 outside his home in the Netherlands

PET says days before the manhunt on 28 September, agents saw an individual taking photos of the ASMLA branch leader's home.

At Tuesday's press conference, the PET chief said they thought this person - a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin - planned to give the pictures to Iran, which could be used to plan an attack on Danish soil.

Agents were further concerned when a Swedish-registered black Volvo starting moving "suspiciously" outside the house, Mr. Andersen said.

When they tried to stop the car, it sped off - prompting fears of an imminent attack.

This was the reason behind the road closures and the epic manhunt for the vehicle.

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Danish newspaper Politiken reports that the authorities have since spoken to the Volvo passengers, and decided the car had nothing to do with the case.

But in October, the man who took photos of the ASMLA leader's home was arrested in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Swedish security forces say he has now been extradited to Denmark.

"We are dealing with an Iranian intelligence agency planning an attack on Danish soil," PET chief Andersen told the press conference. "Obviously, we can't and won't accept that."

Although no details have emerged about how PET found out about the man, Israeli public broadcaster KAN reports that information from spy agency Mossad helped lead to the arrest. Israeli government officials declined to comment.

What's been the response?

Iran was quick to dismiss the claims as fiction.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said such "biased reports" and allegations pursued "the enemy's plots and conspiracies" to harm the developing relations between his country and Europe, according to Tasnim news agency.

But Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen called the alleged assassination plot "totally unacceptable".

He said UK Prime Minister Theresa May had voiced support for Denmark in a meeting in Oslo.

Denmark's Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen, said the country was discussing possible action with other European countries.

Then on Wednesday, Danish politician Nick Hækkerup even compared the plot to Russia's attempted poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the British town of Salisbury in March, broadcaster DR reports.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Denmark on arresting "an Iranian regime assassin".

Are the claims true?

Former PET chief Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen told Danish broadcaster DR it was "very rare" to have one intelligence agency making claims against another, as it could cause a rupture in international relations.

"PET has really thought about it before choosing that step," he said.

Only six days before Denmark shut down all its transport links to Zealand, an Iranian military parade was attacked in its south-western city of Ahvaz.

A spokesman for Denmark-based ASLMA said the al-Ahwaz National Resistance, an umbrella movement for Arab separatist groups fighting for independence for Khuzestan province, carried out the attack. But several of the other separatist groups denied any involvement.

The Islamic State group also claimed the shooting and published a video purportedly showing three of the gunmen being driven to the military parade in a car.

The men appeared to be dressed in Revolutionary Guards uniforms and talk about the importance of jihad. However, none of them stated that they were members of IS or pledged allegiance to the group's leader, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi - something that is common in such pre-attack videos.

Iranian officials said they believed the gunmen had links to an "Ahvazi terrorist group".

In October, France accused Iran of an alleged bomb plot to attack exiled Iranian opposition members in Paris.

The claim follows the arrest of an Iranian diplomat based in Austria, Assadollah Assadi, by police in Germany.

In June, allegations emerged that Iran was behind the assassination of a man named by police as Ali Motamed near Amsterdam in 2015.

The 56-year-old is suspected of being Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi, who was accused of planting a bomb which resulted in the deadliest attack in modern Iranian history. Iran denies any involvement.

And in May, the US Secretary of State made a speech asserting Iran's elite Quds Force "conducts covert assassination operations in the heart of Europe".

Mr Pompeo did not substantiate the claims at the time, and they were met with confusion in Europe.

There have been no recent killings in Europe officially attributed to Iran.

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