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Mahmoud Salarkia

Title: Deputy to the Prosecutor General of Tehran for Prison Affairs

Sanctions: European Union (October 10, 2011)

According the to Official Journal of the European Union, Mahmoud Salarkia, the Deputy to the Prosecutor General of Tehran for Prison Affairs was sanctioned in October 2011 for issuing arrest warrants against peaceful activists and protestors in Iran. Reports from human rights defenders stated nearly all arrested were held without due process, access to their lawyers and families and without charge.[1]

According to Daily News Egypt, Salarkia endorsed Iranian legislation passed in July 2008 that authorized the execution of individuals who disturb the “psychological security of society.” Speaking of the law, Salarkia stated, “Those who are the enemies of the regime and the revolution would do anything to deviate the youth. Hence, people inside Iran who support their objectives deserve harsher punishment.”[2]


[1]Council of the European Union,“Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 12, 2011. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:267:FULL:EN:PDF)

[2]Afshin Shahi, “Iran’s Digital War,” Daily News Egypt, June 27, 2008. (http://www.dailystaregypt.com/printerfriendly.aspx?ArticleID=15313)