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A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

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“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
Sitting beside the church, drinking from a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, he thought he had to go in and shoot them.
They were a small prayer group—a rising-star preacher, an elderly minister, eight women, one young man, and a little girl. But to him, they were a problem. He believed that, as black Americans, they were raping “our women and are taking over our country.” So he took out his Glock handgun and calmly, while their eyes were closed in prayer, ope…

Iran: Appeal Court and Only Five Minutes Defense Time

Abolqasem Salavati
"Hanging Judge" Abolqasem Salavati
NCRI - The trial of three Telegram activists was held on Wednesday August 2, 2017 in Tehran’s appeal court while they had only five minutes of defense.

These three activists were arrested on September 2016 and each one was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Mohammad Mohajer, Alireza Tavakoli and Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh, all were born in 1994, were sentenced to a total of 36 years imprisonment by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court presided by notorious judge Abolqasem Salavati.

The appeal court was held on August 2 after they objected the verdict of the revolutionary court. At the trial, which lasted about 5 minutes, Judge Babaii told three defendants and their attorneys that they would each write their defense and bill and send it to the court.

According to reports, the judge not only did not allow the lawyers of the defendants to speak, but during the court hearing told the three defendants: “You are apostate and anti-revolutionary, I wonder why you have not been executed until now!”

Mohammad Mohajer was born in 1994 and was arrested on September 10, 2016. He was transferred to Evin Prison on October 16, 2016, after about one month of interrogation.

Alireza Tavakoli, born in 1994, was arrested on August 2, 2016 and transferred to Ward 8 in Evin prison on January 26, 2016, following six months of interrogation.

Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh, born in 1994, was arrested on September 3, 2016, and later transferred to Ward 8 in Evin prison on September 24, 2016.

Source: NCRI, August 4, 2017

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