A journalist accused of involvement in a terrorist group in southeastern Iran has been sentenced to death. Yaghoob Mirnehad was sentenced to death for "membership in the terrorist Jundallah group as well as for crimes against national security," said judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi. He did not give details of Mirnehad's alleged crimes. The sentence may be appealed to Iran's Supreme Court.
Mirnehad is a reporter in southeastern Iran for a Tehran-based daily newspaper, Mardomsalari. He also runs a charity that focuses on childhood education. Mirnehad was arrested last May in Zahedan, provincial capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province.
The area near Pakistan and Afghanistan is a key crossing point for narcotics and often sees clashes between police and drug gangs. It is also home to a large number of Iran's minority Sunni Muslims. The Jundallah group, or God's Brigade, is active there and has been blamed for attacks on Iranian troops. Jamshidi did not specify Mirnehad's alleged role in the group.
In December, Iranian police killed 12 people suspected of membership in Jundallah. Early last year, Iran hanged a Jundallah member who was convicted in a bombing that killed 11 members of the Revolutionary Guards. The government has also accused Jundallah of having links to al-Qaeda.
News by NASSER KARIMI, AP
He is not a terrorist he is just a reporter being accused by Iranian regime for terrorism! Iranian regime has a long history of planting evidence against opponent of regime and here in the middle, journalists and media are the most innocent victims of Islamic regime’s hostility towards people, freedom of speech and press. They have tried to hide their crimes everywhere in Iran and every time that someone tried to expose them, this regime just has killed and threats them or legally by illegal laws has executed them.
Yaghoob Mirnehad is not a first case nor the last one. Adnan Hassanpour was recent journalist who sentenced to death. The problem is resides in all Islamic regimes, for instance Parviz Kambakhsh death penalty in Afghanistan (Islamic republic of) so there is a systematic resistance and punishments against freedom of speech and press in all Islamic countries. World should realize by supporting Islamic regimes just they help to spread this virus around the world and consume all. We should stand up now and forever like Danish (with their cartoons) against Islamic atrocity and don't let them to move forward.