Iran hangs Kurdish PJAK rebel: state media
January 15, 2011
Iranian Kurdistan, — Iran has hanged a Kurdish
convicted of involvement in the murder six years ago
of a border police officer, state television
reported on its website Saturday.
The execution was carried out in a prison in the
northwestern Kurdish city of Orumiyeh, the report
said without specifying the name of the convict and
when he was hanged.
The television gave no details of the prisoners
identity but it's thought to be Hussein Xizri [Hossein
Khezri] who was
transferred to Orumiyeh last week, ANF reported. and
confirmed by HRANA website.
The rebel was a member of banned Iranian-Kurdish
rebel group PJAK, the Party of Free Life of
Kurdistan, and had a "direct role" in the killing of
a border Iranian police officer in Orumiyeh, it said.
The latest hanging brings to 34 the number of
executions reported in Iran so far this year,
according to an AFP count based on media reports.
Most of the people executed have been drug
At least 179 people were executed in 2010 in Iran.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and
adultery are punishable by death in the Islamic
republic, which along with China,www.ekurd.netSaudi
Arabia and the United States has one of the highest
numbers of executions each year.
Orumiyeh prison Iranian Kurdistan
Iran says the death penalty is essential to maintain
law and order and is applied only after exhaustive
The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) (Party of Free Life of
Kurdistan), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in Kurdistan region in
Iraq's north that
has been carrying out attacks Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran
(Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas.
The PJAK’s objective is to establish a semi-autonomous
regional entities or Kurdish federal states in Iran, Turkey and Syria similar to
the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.
2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of
Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK
are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed
Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant
ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million
Kurds live in Iran.
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