Iran: Further information: Six face death for links with banned group
Further information on UA: 102/10 Index: MDE 13/056/2010
Ja’far Kazemi is now known to be among six men facing execution in Iran for their alleged links to the banned group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). In some cases, these links may amount to no more than having contact with family members linked to the PMOI. The six could be executed at any time.
Tehran’s prosecutor announced on 15 May that the death sentences of Ja’far Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei, Mohammad Ali Saremi (or Sarami), Abdolreza Ghanbari (or Qanbari) and father and son, Ahmad and Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam, were upheld by the Appeal Court after they were found guilty of moharebeh (enmity against God) in relation to their alleged links to the PMOI. He also stated that the three had asked for a pardon. Two women, Motahareh (Simin) Bahrami and Rayhaneh Haj Ebrahim, and one other man, Hadi Gha’emi have had their death sentences commuted to prison terms. Mohammad Amin Valian was acquitted of moharebeh on appeal and his sentence commuted to imprisonment and payment of a fine.
Ja’far Kazemi is also believed to have been convicted of "propaganda against the system". He was accused of participating in mass anti-government protests in September 2009, but not of committing any violent acts. Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei is thought to have faced similar charges. Mohammad Ali Saremi is believed to have been held since 2007 after speaking at an event commemorating the summary executions of thousands of people in Iranian prisons in 1988. He was sentenced to death in December 2009 for allegedly being a member of the PMOI.
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Urging the Iranian authorities not to execute Ja’far Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei, Ali Saremi (or Sarami), Abdloreza Ghanbari, Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam and Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam;
Urging the authorities to commute the death sentences of the six men, as well as any others imposed in connection with the post-election protests;
Stating that Amnesty International recognizes the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice, in conformity with international standards for fair trial, those suspected of criminal offences, but opposes the death penalty as the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 02 JULY 2010 TO:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
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The Office of the Supreme Leader
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Head of Tehran Judiciary
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Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
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Ja’far Kazemi is reported to have been interrogated by security forces for months, and was pressured to make a televised “confession”, which he refused to do. On 26 April 2010, he learned that his death sentence had been confirmed by an appeal court. His lawyer, who has had limited access to her client, has requested that the Head of the Judiciary’s office conducts an extraordinary review. The execution can still go ahead at any time unless this request is accepted. Ja’far Kazemi was previously imprisoned for membership of the PMOI in the 1980s or 1990s.
Teacher Abdolreza Ghanbari, aged 42, was arrested after the Ashoura demonstrations which he was accused of participating in. Held in section 2A of Evin Prison, which is under the control of the Revolutionary Guards, he was tried on 30 January and made a “confession” which is believed to have been made under duress.
Ali Saremi (or Sarami), aged 62, has a son in the PMOI who lives in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, whom he has visited. Ali Saremi has spent 23 years in prison for his political activities both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran (see http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/007/2010/en).
Since the disputed presidential election in June 2009, over 5,000 people have been arrested, including over 1,000 during and following mass demonstrations on the religious festival of Ashoura on 27 December. Many of those arrested since June 2009 have been tried in grossly unfair trials, resulting in long prison term sentences and some sentences of flogging. At least 15 people have been sentenced to death for “enmity against God” in connection with the post-election protests. Two - Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour - were hanged in public in January 2010 after being convicted in unfair trials of "enmity against God" and being members of Anjoman-e Padeshahi-e Iran (API), a banned group which advocates the restoration of an Iranian monarchy. Four others are believed to have had their death sentences commuted. According to the Tehran prosecutor, the trials of another two people charged with moharebeh after the Ashoura demonstrations have not yet been concluded.