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Fri Aug 17 10:39:40 CDT 2007
Death penalty urged for 17 hooligans
Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi has urged the criminal court to
issue the death sentence for 17 hooligans, said a judicial official, Iran
Deputy Prosecutor General Mohammad Salarkia also told Fars News Agency
that the hooligans have been convicted of rape, armed robbery and other
Salarkia noted that according to the law the prosecutor general cannot
file charges against the hooligans since their cases are undergoing trial
in the criminal court.
Death sentence awaits Libyan protesters
Possible death sentence awaits the 12 men for holding a peaceful political
demonstration in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the New York-based Human
Rights Watch, uncovered, expressing concern disappearance of two other
"For all its promises of better behaviour and improved ties with the
world, Libya still imprisons those who express alternative political
views, and it has 'disappeared' others," the Director of Human Rights
Watchs Middle East and North African Division, Sarah Leah Whitson, argued.
"12 men are potentially facing death sentences, and 2 are missing in
custody, their whereabouts unknown," she disclosed. The 2 "disappeared"
men are Abd al-Rahman al-Qotaiwi, a 4th-year medical student who, together
with the 12 men on trial, was reportedly organizing the demonstration, and
Jum'a Boufayed, brother of the demonstration's main organizer, Dr. Idris
Boufayed. Neither man has been seen since their arrests in mid-February,
nor have the Libyan authorities provided information on their whereabouts.
Jum'a Boufayed was arrested by security agents few hours after he had
granted an interview to a Libyan overseas website, expressing concern
about his brothers arrest.
Demonstrators had announced plans to hold a peaceful demonstration in
Tripoli on 17 February to commemorate the 1st anniversary of a violent
clash between demonstrators and police in Benghazi, Libya's 2nd-largest
And in response to statements by an Italian government minister defending
the controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammed that had appeared in Danish
and other European newspapers, demonstrators attacked the Italian
consulate in Benghazi on 17 February. The police used force to disperse
the crowd, killing at least 11.
Libyan authorities decided to put the 12 men on trial for planning to
overthrow the government, possession of arms, and meeting with an official
from a foreign government.
The men who admitted some of the charges [some of them admitted to have
met the US embassy to inform them of the planned demonstration] have since
been paraded before the courts 4 times. But they denied the 1st 2 charges.
Despite Libyas pledges to abolish the death penalty, right activists
believed that some or all of the defendants could face execution because
Article 206 of the countrys penal code imposes the death penalty on those
who call "for the establishment of any grouping, organization or
association proscribed by law," and on those who belong to or support such
In addition, Article 166 also imposes the death penalty on anyone who
talks to or conspires with a foreign official to provoke or contribute to
an attack against Libya while Article 167 imposes up to life in prison for
conspiring with a foreign official to harm Libya's military, political or
It is not clear whether 'Abd al-Rahman al-Qotaiwi, apparently one of the
organizers, faces the same charges, even though he has never been produced
in court. The charges against Dr. Boufayed's brother Jum'a are also
Human Rights Watch believed the men have been detained on political
grounds because there was no proof that they advocated for violence.
The main organiser of the protest, Dr. Idris Boufayed, 50, who runs a
small exile group called the National Union for Reform, has been an
outspoken critic of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. In November last
year, he was detained for 55 days for authoring critical letters published
on a Libyan opposition website.
After 16 years in exile in Switzerland, Boufayed had returned to Libya for
a visit in September 2006. His return followed a public assurance by the
government that its critics could safely return home.
Another defendant, Jamal Ahmad Haji, is a recognized writer and government
critic who wrote an article calling for freedom, democracy, a
constitutional state and law in Libya shortly before his arrest.
Jamal al-HajI, who is also facing charges, holds Danish citizenship but
Libyan authorities blatantly refused Danish governments request to visit
him in prison.
(source: afrol News)
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