Iranian prosecutor: Organizers of protests may face death penalty

June 17, 2009 13:22

Iranian provincial prosecutor Mohammadreza Habibi on Wednesday warned that the "few elements" behind the pro-Mousavi protests could face the death penalty under Islamic law, Reuters cited an Iranian news agency. Habibi, prosecutor-general in the central province of Isfahan, said the elements behind the post-election unrest were controlled from outside Iran and urged them to stop "criminal activities," Fars News Agency said. "We warn the few elements controlled by foreigners who try to disrupt domestic security by inciting individuals to destroy and to commit arson that the Islamic penal code for such individuals waging war against God is execution," Habibi reportedly said. "So before they are stricken with the law's anger they should return to the nation's embrace and avoid criminal measures and activities," the prosecutor concluded. It was not clear if his warning applied to just Isfahan or the country as a whole.

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