Thursday, March 04, 2010
Twenty Year Old Student, Mohammad Valian, Sentenced to Death
Valian was also one of the volunteers in Moussavi's election campaign.
'Not only the sentence passed against our member for merely defending himself during the Ashura protests is outrageous, but the fact that it has taken place so soon after the latest footage of the vicious attack on Tehran university has shocked and astounded the Iranian university community and Iran's civil society' The OCU statement reads.
Valian's death sentence is therefore confirmed news; the basis on which the death sentence is passed however is not verified and in the absence of independent reporters in Iran, rumours are spreading that Judge Salavati who is said to have passed the sentence is alleged to have done so based on a Fatwa by Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi.
Now Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi is one hell of a backward and reactionary Ayatollah. To make it clearer for those who have not heard of him, lets say he makes Ahmadnejad look like a progressive liberal. The statement issued by Makarem Shirazi condemning the Ashura protesters reads as follows:
"On the day of the Ashura while our people from young and old, man and woman were deeply immersed in their love for Hussein, and were lamenting in every alley way and street and were observing the Ashura rituals, a few who had their own agenda came onto the streets and broke the sanctities of this holy day by chanting political slogans against the establishment and set out to destroy and burn public and private property".
The statement smacks of hypocrisy from beginning to the end. Ashura is a symbolic day of uprising against tyranny and how is it that during the Ashura demonstrations against the Shah, political slogans were chanted and the sanctities of this holy day were not broken then?!
It is reported that a film footage of Valian throwing a stone during the Ashura protests was shown during his 'trial'. But we have been brought up watching images of Palestinian youth throwing stones being glorified on Iranian state TV. Imagine if a Palestinian boy was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for having thrown a stone at security forces. The world would not hear the end of it and rightly so if it were to ever happen.
Even the Baseej member at Valian's Damghan university who shopped him to the authorities, hearing the execution sentence is now regretting his treachery and is collecting a petition to have the sentence revoked.
Makarem Shirazi's website however has denied that there had been a fatwa issued by the Ayatollah based on which an execution sentence could be passed, which is encouraging news. I wanted to find out if having denied the fatwa, will the Ayatollah also condemn the sentence and do anything to stop it? While looking for his contact details in Iran, I found out that this very backward reactionary Ayatollah, who has called on numerous times to crackdown hard and harsh on protesters in Iran, in fact has a whole office and establishment here in Wembley, London! Thank you so much UK Home Office again for allowing extremists and reactionaries spread their networks here in UK.
I rang Makrem's office in London to ask my questions, but I was told such questions will only be answered by email and not on the phone. I am waiting for my reply.