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Iran: Execution of a Kurdish young man in Oroumieh Prison

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Behrouz Alkhani
Behrouz Alkhani
The anti-human clerical regime in Iran has executed the political prisoner, Behrouz Alkhani, a 30-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority this morning, August 26th in the northern Iranian city of Oroumieh.
Behrouz Alkhani had spent 6 years behind bars, most of this time under torture.  He was born in 1984 and was a resident of the city of Salmas.
Behrouz Alkhani was arrested in January 2010 in Salmas, West Azerbaijan, a province in northwest Iran, and held in solitary confinement for more than a year without access to a lawyer or his family. Behrouz faced a grossly unfair trial where basic safeguards such as the right to access a lawyer were ignored, according to Amnesty International. He also says he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated in custody.
In 2011, he was convicted by a Revolutionary Court on charges for his alleged role in collaboration in the assassination of Chabok, the criminal prosecutor of Khoy, West Azerbaijan province.
His sentence was later overturned by the Supreme Court and sent back to Branch 10 of the Appeal Court of Oroumieh province for a retrial. The Appeal court however sentenced Behrouz Alkhani to death once again. Despite his appeal, he was sent to the gallows early this morning.
Amnesty International had called for the halt of this execution. “The Iranian authorities must urgently halt Behrouz Alkhani’s execution. Carrying out a death sentence while a prisoner is awaiting the outcome of his appeal is a serious violation of both Iranian and international law, and is an affront to justice,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
According to Amnesty International Iran has already carried out more than 700 executions in Iran so far this year and "with implementation of Behrouz Alkhani’s execution, it will only leave them with more blood on their hands."

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