NCRI - The Iranian regime has backed down from executing an imprisoned lawyer after being faced with popular protests against the planned hanging.

The regime had declared that Habibollah Latifi, a young law student, was scheduled for execution Sunday morning in Sanandaj prison. The mullahs’ regime did not carry out the hanging, however, after popular protests.

A Kurdish student has been scheduled to be executed on Sunday by the Iranian regime.

Amnesty International released a statement on Friday calling for the prevention of the execution of Habibollah Latifi.

NCRI - An Iranian regime court has sentenced an Iranian film director to 6 years in prison, also banning him from leaving the country and making films for the next two decades.

The director’s lawyer has said that Jafar Panahi has been charged with assembling, colluding and disseminating propaganda against the regime. He is banned from making or writing films, giving interviews to domestic or international media or leaving the country for the next 20 years.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, offered  her condolences and sympathy to the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Kerman, south of Iran, and wished immediate recovery of those injured and patience for the families of the slain.

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22, 2010 (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday approved a resolution expressing "deep concern" over "recurring" human rights violations in Iran, where authorities have been targeting rights lawyers in their ongoing crackdown on dissent.

In an atrocious act, the clerical regime on Monday executed 11 prisoners in the city of Zahedan, the capital of southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. The provincial mullahs’ judiciary chief announced that the victims were accused of “Waging war on God,” and “spreading corruption on earth”, and challenging the regime’s establishment. He emphasized that the regime’s “judiciary will not hesitate in implementing the sentences accurately and swiftly”.

A truck tied to the Iranian regime that was seized last week at the Basra international exhibition center in Iraq had been loaded with high explosives, the city’s police commander was reported as saying on Monday.

The regime ambassador in Iraq, Hassan Danaifar, had tried to downplay earlier reports about the seizure by saying that the material in it would have been used in “oil rigs.”

 The Iranian regime continues to harass 10 Christian Iranians arrested in November, with their legal status in limbo, and two of them still in prison.

According to Herana news agency on Tuesday, clerical regime suppressive forces interrogated the Christian Iranians for hours and harassed them after their arrest.

The Iranian regime has sentenced a man to be blinded in the city of Qom.

According to state-run press reports, the 29-year old was sentenced to have his eyes gouged by a judge in the city of Qom.

Massive anti-regime rallies on the religious day of Ashura on December 27, 2009, had nothing to do with the regime’s presidential elections and everything to do with trying to uproot the theocracy, a senior regime cleric said during the mullahs’ Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

Mullah Jannati’s comments were aired by the state-run TV.