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 Iran hangs Kurdish PJAK rebel: state media

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Iran hangs Kurdish PJAK rebel: state media  15.1.2011

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January 15, 2011

ORUMIYEH
, Iranian Kurdistan, — Iran has hanged a Kurdish activist 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 traffickers.

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 judicial proceedings.

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.

Since 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 militiamen.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million Kurds live in Iran. 

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