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    Iran hanged on Thursday two men over unrest following the June 2009 presidential elections, the ISNA news agency reported.

    Iran hanged on Thursday two men over unrest following the June 2009 presidential elections, the ISNA news agency reported.

    The charges brought against the men included conspiracy to overthrow the government and being enemies of god, ISNA said. The agency said the two men, Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, were hanged at dawn.

    Disturbances broke out after the polls resulted in the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The opposition claimed the elections had been fixed. The government denied the charge.

    Another nine people have also been sentenced to death for their part in the most serious disturbances to hit Iran since the overthrow of the U.S.-backed shah in 1979. Their cases are "at the appeal stage," the agency said, citing a statement from the Tehran prosecutor's office.

    At least 30 protesters have been killed in clashes since the polls. Thousands have been detained and some 300 activists remain in jail.

    MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti)

     

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