Iran MPs want death penalty for opposition leaders


Iranian lawmakers urged judiciary on Tuesday to hand out death penalties to opposition leaders for fomenting unrest in the Islamic state after a rally in which one person was killed and dozens were wounded, state media said.

Clashes broke out between security forces and protesters when thousands of opposition supporters rallied in sympathy for popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia on Monday, reviving mass protests that shook Iran after a presidential vote in 2009.

“(Opposition leaders) Mehdi Karroubi and Mirhossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried,” the official IRNA news agency quoted lawmakers as saying in a statement.

The loose term “Corrupt on Earth,” a charge which has been leveled at political dissidents in the past, carries the death penalty in the Islamic Iran.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei said: “Those who created public disorder on Monday will be confronted firmly and immediately.”

Iranian authorities have repeatedly accused opposition leaders of being part of a Western plot to overthrow the Islamic system. The claim has been denied by Mousavi and Karroubi.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani also accused the United States and its allies of providing support to the opposition.

“The main aim of Americans was to simulate the recent events in the Middle East in Iran to divert attentions from those countries,” Larijani said, state radio reported.

Protests against Iran’s clerical establishment appeared to have ended and life was back to normal in Tehran streets and other cities on Tuesday.

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