Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 30, 2021—Iran’s genocidal regime executed Baluch political prisoner Javid Dehghan Khald, 31, in Zahedan Central Prison on Saturday morning. Prison authorities had transferred Dehghan Khald to quarantine on Thursday in preparation for the execution. His family saw him for the last time on Friday.
The media outlet of the regime’s judiciary declared on Saturday: “This morning, Javid Dehghan Khald, known as Mohammad Omar, was hanged for enmity against God by staging an armed assault against Revolutionary Guards members and being a member of the Jaish ul-Adl group.”
The brutal execution comes despite widespread international calls to halt the sentence.
“The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the execution of Javid Dehghan, a member of Iran’s disadvantaged Baluchi ethnic minority,” Amnesty said in a statement issued on Thursday which highlighted a shocking catalogue of fair trial violations throughout the investigation, trial and appeal stages of Dehghan’s case.
“Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,” the human rights organization said.
Iranian authorities must immediately halt the execution of Javid Dehghan, from Iran’s Baluchi minority, scheduled for SATURDAY. Amnesty has documented a shocking catalogue of fair trial violations in his case & calls for him to be granted a fair retrial. https://t.co/7tHEngWOhS pic.twitter.com/O4zQ7yRdjG— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) January 28, 2021
The United Nations Human Rights office had also called for the halt of sentence and condemned the regime’s wave of executions since December.
“We strongly condemn the series of executions – at least 28 – since mid-December, including of people from minority groups. We urge the authorities to halt the imminent execution of Javid Dehghan, to review his and other death penalty cases in line with human rights law,” the UN Human Rights Twitter account posted on Friday.
🇮🇷#Iran: We strongly condemn the series of executions – at least 28 – since mid-December, including of people from minority groups. We urge the authorities to halt the imminent execution of Javid Dehghan, to review his and other death penalty cases in line with human rights law.— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) January 29, 2021
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also expressed concern on the case of Dehghan and urged the international community to intervene in the case. “After his arrest, Javid was held in solitary confinement for a long time, and was severely tortured to obtain forced confession, including being lashed with cables and having his fingernails pulled out,” the NCRI said in a statement on Friday. “Javid Dehghan’s case is said to be under the control of the IRGC and the mullahs’ court has rejected his lawyer’s request for an appeal on the advice of the IRGC who has called for his speedy execution.”
Javid Dehghan Khald was arrested in 2015 and was sentenced to death by the regime’s Revolution Court in 2017 for moharebeh (enmity against God), a charge the regime uses for anyone who opposes the mullahs’ tyrannical rule.
After arresting Dehghan, regime authorities kept him in solitary confinement and brutally tortured him to force him to confess to the charges they had placed on him. He was flogged, beaten, and his nails were pulled out, according to reports.
This is the latest of a series of widespread executions by the Iranian regime in the past few weeks. According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the regime has carried out dozens of executions in different cities in the past few weeks alone.
The Iranian Resistance has time and again called on international bodies to send a delegation to Iran to inspect prisons and ensure the safety of prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience.