- Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani
Stop My Son’s Execution
My Son Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death. His case will be reviewed by the Supreme Court in the upcoming weeks. He is 26 years old and has spent the last 6 years of his life in prison. I couldn’t stop the execution of his younger brother Bahram and had a heart attack when I heard the news. The Iranian government refuses to hand over Bahram’s body. Now I need your help to stop Shahram’s execution.
Bahram, on the right in the picture above, has been executed and Shahram, on the left, can be saved.
We are Sunni and Kurd. My son Shahram like many other Sunni youths has been critical of how badly the Iranian government treats the Sunni minority. Security police arrested him in April 2009 on his way home from mosque in our town, Sanandaj. They shot, beat, and kicked my son in the face, breaking his nose and head. They took him to the Intelligence Bureau of Sanandaj and subjected him to severe torture including electric shocks and forced him to falsely confess to armed resistance. It took the authorities 10 months before they allowed us to see him.
My son's trial was unfair. The authorities kept him in detention for 4 years before charging him. The first time they allowed him to talk to his attorney was on the day of his trial. His trial lasted less than 10 minutes. Judge Mohammad Moghiseh used his coerced confession, the only evidence against him, to declare him a mohareb (enemy of God). I have no doubt that my son would have been found innocent if he had received a fair trial.
Your support could save my son. In the past international pressure has been instrumental in protecting individuals who had been unfairly prosecuted in Iran. A recent example is Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who in 2006 was sentenced to stoning. Due to international pressure her sentence was later reduced to 10 years in prison and in March of this year, the Iranian judiciary announced that she has been released.
Shahram is not the only one at risk. Dozens of other Kurds have been unfairly sentenced to death. Most of their cases are waiting review by the Supreme Court. We do not have much time. Please help me save my son and the other Kurds' lives by asking Iranian officials to halt their executions and grant them fair trials.
- Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani
I stand by Ghadamkheir Faramarzi in requesting new and fair trials for 33 Kurdish prisoners who have been sentenced to death.
Shahram Ahmadi, Behrouz Shahnazari, Kaveh Sharifi, Kaveh Veysi, Taleb Maleki, Arash Sharifi, Mokhtar Rahimi, Idris Nemati, Mohammadyavar Rahimi, Mohammad Gharibi, Pouria Mohammadi, Bahman Rahimi, Alam Barmashti, Kamal Molai, Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Farzad Honarjo, Farzad Shahnazari, Keyvan Momenifard, Seyed Shaho Ebrahimi, Seyed Abdol Hadi Hosseini, Sedigh Mohamdi, Seyed Jamal Mousavi, Ahmad Nasiri, Varia Ghaderifard, Farshid Naseri, Teymour Naderizadeh, Borzan Nasrollahzadeh, Abdorahman Sangani, Amjad Salehi, Mohammad Keyvan Karimi and Omid Peyvand were sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh at Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court.
I stand by Ghadamkheir Faramarzi in demanding retrials in public proceedings that comply with international standards, and without recourse to the death penalty.
[Below is the translation of the above text in Persian.]
من، همراه با قدمخیر فرامرزی، خواهان برگزاری دادگاهی مجدد و عادلانه برای ۳۳ زندانی کرد هستم که به اعدام محکوم شدهاند.
شهرام احمدی، بهروز شاه نظری، کاوه شریفی، کاوه ویسی، طالب ملکی، آرش شریفی، مختار رحیمی، ادریس نعمتی، محمدیاور رحیمی، محمد غریبی، پوریا محمدی، بهمن رحیمی، عالم برماشتی، کمال مولایی، حامد احمدی، جهانگیر دهقانی، جمشید دهقانی، فرزاد هنرجو، فرزاد شاه نظری، کیوان مؤمنى فرد، سید شاهو ابراهیمی، سید عبدل هادی حسینی، صدیق محمدی، سید جمال موسوی، احمد نصیری، وریا قادری فرد، فرشید ناصری، تیمور نادریزداه، برزان نصرالله زاده، عبدالرحمان سنگانی، امجد صالحی، محمد کیوان کریمی و امید پیوند توسط قاضی محمد مقیسه در شعبه ۲۸ دادگاه انقلاب تهران به اعدام محکوم شدهاند.
من، همراه با قدمخیر فرامرزی، خواهان آن هستم که با پیروی از استاندرارهای بین المللی دادگاهی عادلانه و علنی و بدون احتمال مجازات اعدام، برای این زندانیان کرد برگزار شود.
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