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Iran’s regime prepares to execute three political prisoners

Political prisoners arrested during the November 2019 protests
Political prisoners arrested during the November 2019 protests

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 15, 2020—Iran’s regime declared on Tuesday that its supreme court has confirmed the death sentence of “three of the main perpetrators of riots,” referring to nationwide protests in November 2019, which erupted after the regime suddenly hiked gas prices.

The decision was declared by Gholamreza Esmaili, the spokesperson of the regime’s judiciary, who accused the three political prisoners of armed robbery and sabotage.

Amir Hossein Moradi, Saied Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi, the three defendants, were sentenced to death by Abolghasem Salavati in Branch 15 of the regime’s so-called Revolutionary Courts in Tehran. In late June the regime’s Supreme Court first upheld death sentences for the three political prisoners.

The three political prisoners have been violently tortured and forced to confess. The trial of the three men, which took place on 5-6 January 2020, was grossly unfair, according to Amnesty International.

The imminent execution of the three prisoners has triggered a wave of outrage across the world.

Amnesty International urged the regime to revoke the rulings. “Iran’s Khamenei must quash the death sentences of protesters Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi immediately,” Amnesty tweeted. “Their trial was unfair and they said they were subjected to torture through beatings, electric shocks and being hung upside down.”

Two Kurdish political prisoners executed by the Iranian regime

Two Kurdish political prisoners executed by the Iranian regime

 

The news comes against a backdrop of increased repression and executions in Iran. On Tuesday, the criminal judiciary of the Iranian regime executed two Kurd political prisoners in Urmia prison at 1 am local time.

Diaco Rasoulzadeh was arrested in 2013 in his hometown village of Daryas, and Saber Sheikh Abdollah, was arrested in Mahabad around the same time in Mahabad. The two prisoners were tortured for a year at the intelligence ministry’s detention center. They were deprived of access to lawyers as well as communications with their families.  They were sentenced to death in 2015 by the first branch of Mahabad’s Revolutionary Court under the bogus charge of “waging war against god.” The regime has blamed the two for bombing a military parade in Mahabad in 2010.

Sheikh Abdollah, 34, was a student at the Alameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran at the time of his arrest. Rasoulzadeh was going through his draft service at the army.

The two prisoners were tortured to extract confessions. Amnesty International had called on the Iranian regime to stop the execution of the two prisoners after they were transferred to solitary confinement before their execution. Amnesty also condemned the judicial process and the victims’ lack access to lawyers during their interrogation and trials. “The execution of these youth is an affront to justice and a catastrophic and irreversible violation of the right to life,” Amnesty International declared on its Farsi Twitter account.

“The crisis-ridden clerical regime, fearing a popular uprising, is desperately trying to prevent the eruption of another uprising by creating an atmosphere of terror, through executing and issuing long-term sentences,” the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) declared in a statement on Tuesday.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned the execution of the Kurdish prisoners, and called on the United Nations Security Council, the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and the UN Human Rights Council, as well as other relevant bodies to take effective action against the religious fascism ruling in Iran for continuing to torture, execute, and arbitrary arrests.

“By these executions, the clerical regime seeks to terrorize the people of Iran in the face of their protests. At the same time, they seek to boost the spirit of their mercenary agents and recruit their families for espionage and suppression of the public,” Mrs. Rajavi said.