Hamid Ghassemi-Shall faces imminent execution in Iran.
Hamid was arrested in late May 2008 while visiting his mother in Iran. This arrest took place approximately two weeks after the arrest of his brother, Alborz Ghassemi-Shall.
In November 2009, Antonella Mega, Hamid’s wife in Canada received reports that both Hamid and Alborz were convicted of espionage and sentenced to death. The legal proceedings were deeply unfair and neither Hamid or Alborz had a meaningful opportunity to defend themselves. His conviction appears to be based on a document of an alleged email exchange between Hamid and Alborz. Hamid has unequivocally stated that the document is a complete fabrication and that he never sent any such message. Testing and analysis by his lawyer reportedly confirm that to be the case.
Hamid and Alborz were in solitary confinement for 18 months until the end of November 2009 when they were transferred to a general population section in Tehran’s Evin prison. On 20 January 2010 Alborz died in prison, reportedly of stomach cancer. Mr. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall reported that both he and Alborz were subject to “extreme pressure” during their detention.
Hamid Ghassemi-Shall was sentenced to death. His case has undergone a number of reviews, but the family confirmed in March 2012 that the death sentence has not been lifted.
On May 30 Canada's House of Commons unanimously endorsed an urgent appeal to the Government of Iran to grant clemency to Hamid Ghassemi-Shall; called for his release and return to his family and spouse in Canada, and urged Iran to adhere to its international human rights obligations.
Please add your name to Amnesty International's petition to the Iranian authorities to release Mr. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall immediately unless he is promptly brought to trial on recognizably criminal charges in legal proceedings that fully conform to international fair trial standards.
- The Office of the Supreme Leader
Your Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
I am writing to express my deep concern for Canadian citizen Hamid Ghassemi-Shall who awaits execution after an unfair trial.
I strongly urge you to:
• Guarantee that Hamid will not face the death penalty.
• Ensure the immediate release of Hamid or an immediate fair trial for a recognizable criminal offence.
• Investigate Hamid’s imprisonment conditions to ensure he is not subject to torture.
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