Sunday, 3 November 2013

Iran: Fear of Imminent Execution

Four Ahwazi Arab activists on death row have been transferred to unknown place. They are feared to be at imminent risk of execution.

Informed sources have told EAHRO that the authorities  transferred Ghazi Abbasi, 31, Abdolreza Amir Khanafareh, 26, Abdolamir Majdami, 33, and Jassem Moghaddam, 28, from Falahiye (Shadegan) at about 1300 local time today, 3 November 2013, to undisclosed location and refusing to disclose their whereabouts. 

Ghazi Abbasi’s family has been kept in dark about his fate since 27 September 2013, after he was transferred from his cell to solitary confinement in Karoun Prison, seen by his family intend to implement his execution.

The four men sentenced to death at  Branch One of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court under Judge Ali Farhadvand on charges of “Moharebeh (enmity with God) and Corruption on earth through armed confrontation.”  The ruling was upheld on February 13, 2013 Judge Reza Farajollahi at Branch 32 of the Supreme Court. The prisoners were only informed of the Supreme Court’s decision on July 10, five months later.

In a letter to the international human rights community they refused all charges that said that they were tortured both physically and psychologically to confess to in an unfair trial that lasted only 2.5 hours and without being able to defend themselves.

EAHRo urges UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran Dr.
Shaheed,  Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez and human right community  to call on Iran to halt the imminent execution of these five innocent young men.

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