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Iran authorities hang young Kurdish activist

Ehsan died to deter minorities: group leader

Iran hanged on Wednesday a Kurdish activist convicted of "armed action" against the Islamic republic, Fars news agency reported, quoting the justice chief in Kurdistan province.

"The death sentence against the convicted man (Ehsan Fatahian) was carried out this morning," Ali Akbar Gharoussi said.

The Iranian Kurdish activist "was found guilty of armed action against national security" and "admitted" being a member of the outlawed Komalah Kurdish leftist opposition group, Gharoussi said.

According to group leader Abdullah Moh’tadi, Fatahian left the non-violent Komalah two years ago.

When asked by Al Arabiya about why he thinks the young man was hanged Moh’tadi said: “the Iranian regime is trying to intimidate ethnic minorities from joining the Green Wave”, referring to the movement started in Iran for democracy during the last presidential election.

“One of the methods to deter people is stricter sentencing in ethnic provinces such as Kurdistan, Baluchistan and Ahwaz,” he added

The 27-year old Fatahian was initially to serve 10 years in jail but his sentence was changed to death by a higher court.

Rights group Amnesty International has listed Iran as the world's second most prolific executioner in 2008 after China, and says it put to death at least 346 people last year.

The death sentence against the convicted man (Ehsan Fatahian) was carried out this morning

Ali Akbar Gharoussi