Iran hanged on Sunday five militants convicted of bombing government offices and a gas pipeline. What is fascinating is that such militants, including a woman Shirin Alamhouli, are defined by the medieval Iranian system as “enemies of God.”
In addition to Alamhouli, the other hanged “enemies of God” were Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian. All were accused of being members of the Kurdish rebel group, PJAK, except Eslamian who reportedly belonged to the monarchist group, Kingdom Assembly of Iran.
Iran is not the only country who kills militants. Indeed, we have the death penalty for terrorists. However, it is fascinating to see the corrosive effect of a legal system that purports to speak for God and carries out punishments in his name.
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