The Importance of a Democratic Due Process
Finding a Financial Scapegoat: Iranian Regime Sentencing People to Death for “Financial Corruption” in Wake of Sanctions.
With sanctions on Iran in full swing, the Islamic Regime is already marking scapegoats for the collapsing economy. Individuals are being singled out for “financial corruption” or as “saboteurs of the economy”, and in the manner of choosing a scapegoat, actual guilt is irrelevant. Egregiously unjust trials are underway, with the penalty as the finale of the propaganda show for the public: beating, lengthy prison terms and even the death penalty.
Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmail Ghasemi, were sentenced to death in September, with the travesty-of-justice trials being broadcast on live state television as if it all were a horrific game-show. “With these abhorrent executions the Iranian authorities have flagrantly violated international law” according to Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, in which non-lethal crimes do not warrant the death penalty under any circumstance.
Furthermore, dozens of these bogus trials in “special courts” are taking place. These special courts were established in August by Ayatollah Khamenei to deal with “financial corruption” specifically. In this case the questionable charge was “manipulating Iran’s gold and currency markets”, but without democratic due process, such as denial of access to lawyers of their own choosing, or rights to appeal imprisonment and no more than 10 days provided to appeal execution, no narrative or conviction of guilt has any merit. The category of the Regime uses for this sort of conviction is "Spreading corruption on Earth”, and it is punishable by death.
A Note About Democratic Due Process with regard to US Constitution:
Found in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the US Constitution, and subsequently in the Fourteenth Amendment in order to be applicable to states, “Due Process” exists to block all parts of government, no matter how powerful, from the ability to deprive an individual of basic Constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, without ‘due process’ of law. Unlike the totalitarian theocracy, leadership in this case are unable to intervene over the law on a whim: it is “a constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.”
Written by: Sacha A Saidek
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*Sacha A Saidek is a computer programmer by trade. Via Middle Eastern studies in general and specifically the heart wrenching stories of dissident Iranian friends, Sacha's eyes have been opened politically regarding the critical component of democracy, worldwide, to ensure the progression of humanity. In Sacha's view, this democracy needs to be in place universally, as a sort of parallel to Maslow’s hierarchy at the foundation level. Sacha has a deep interest in helping Iranian people in particular, and takes keen interest in Persian culture and history. They will be taking Persian Cultural Studies (with Farsi language courses) in Fall 2019.