2 Death Row Sunni Prisoners’ Trial Session Postponed

Posted on: 19th February, 2016
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Farzad Shahnazari

HRANA News Agency – The trial session of Farzad Shahnazari and Teymour Naderizadeh which was supposed to be held in the Revolutionary Court on Saturday 13 February was postponed because of absence of judge Salvati. The two Sunni prisoners have already been sentenced to death by judge Moghiseh but due to abolition of the sentence by the Supreme Court the case was referred to Branch 15 for retrial.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the Supreme Court cancelled the execution of Farzad Shahnazari and Teymour Naderizadeh in November 2015 and the case was sent to branch 15 for judicial proceedings. These two were sentenced to execution in 2013 by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by judge Moghiseh.

Teymour Naderizadeh and Farzad Shahnazari were detained in June 2010 by the security forces and were about 20 months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj, Zanjan and Evin prisons and then were transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Teymour Naderizadeh was arrested in Sanandaj and Farzad Shahnazari in the north of Iran. Both prisoners are kept in hall 10 of ward 4 in Rajai Shahr prison where mainly the death row Sunni prisoners are being kept.

Erfan Naderizadeh son of Teymour was sentenced on similar charges to eight years imprisonment and is currently held in ward 7 of Rajai Shahr prison. Despite many difficulties and repeated requests, Rajai Shahr prison authorities denied their transfer request to the same ward.

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