Iranian Protestors Face Death Penalty

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Iranian officials have sentenced to death three people who took part in the post-election protests in June.
    
ISNA, Iran's semi-offical news agency, quoted court official Zahed Bashiri Rad as saying the three will be hanged for their connections to an anti-Iranian exile groups. 

Providing only the convicts' initials Rad said two of the accused, MZ and AP, "were convicted for ties with the Kingdom Assembly of Iran and NA for ties with the Monafeghin (exiled opposition group commonly known as the People's Mujahedeen)."
    
Rad said the defendants can appeal the sentence to a higher court.
    
The sentences are the first to be released in the case of hundreds of people charged in the protests that erupted after June's presidential elections.
    
Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what they believe was a fraudulent election.
    
The Iranian government used deadly force to put down the unrest. About 400 people are still being held in prison and awaiting trial.

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