Iran hangs woman, four other ‘enemies of God’

TEHRAN — Iran hanged on Sunday five militants, including a Kurdish woman, convicted of bombing government offices and a gas pipeline to Turkey and described as “enemies of God”, state media reported.

The five, including the woman Shirin Alamhouli, were executed in Tehran’s Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency said, quoting a statement from the capital’s prosecution office.

The four others who were hanged were Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian.

Kamangar, Heidarian and Vakili, along with Alamhouli were members of the Kurdish rebel group, PJAK (The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), ISNA news agency said quoting the same statement from the prosecution’s office.

Eslamian reportedly belonged to the anti-regime monarchist group, Kingdom Assembly of Iran, which aims to restore the constitutional monarchy that was abolished by the 1979 Islamic revolution.

ISNA said the five were convicted of being “moharebs” or “enemies of God” — a crime punishable by death under Iran’s sharia-based Islamic law.

They were also “convicted of carrying out terrorist acts, including bombings of government centres and public properties in several Iranian cities,” the prosecutor’s office said, according to IRNA.

The prosecution said that the arrests of Vakili, Heidarian and Kamangar was a clear evidence that PJAK had set up “a terrorist and a bombing group by working with people from Kurdish areas” of Iran.

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