27 Death Row Sunni Prisoners in Imminent Danger of Execution

Posted on: 13th May, 2016
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Ahmad Nasiri

HRANA News Agency – The warden of ward 4 in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, has attended Hall 10 of this ward and has told the death row Sunni prisoners that their sentences had been referred to the executive office and  the risk of their execution is very high, if they were seeking forgiveness, they should write their letters soon.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the warden of ward four of the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, Mr. Shojaee, has gone to Hall 10 of this prison, where there are 27 Sunni prisoners, with confirmed death sentences, and announced that all their verdicts had been referred to the executive office and the risk of their execution was very high on Saturday 30th April. He has told them: “If you are seeking forgiveness, you should write the requests soon. I do not want to feel guilty, later.”

The Sunni prisoners have been sentenced to death by the judiciary on charges including “acting against the national security”, “propaganda against the regime”, “membership in a Salafist group”, “corruption on earth” and “waging war” and in term of the details of their activities, it has not been clarified by the authorities and judicial bodies.

Most of these prisoners have been arrested by the intelligence service agents in Kurdistan, between 2009 and 2011, and were held in solitary confinements for several months, without any trial and with no access to lawyers or having contact with their families. There is a concern that they have been tortured or were mistreated, during that period of time.

According to the information provided to HRANA, most defendants have denied involvement in armed conflict, and said that they have been arrested, only because of their belief and religious activities such as attending religious meetings and distributing religious literature.

It is worth mentioning that at least one prisoner in the list, Barzan Nasrallahzadeh, was younger than eighteen years old at the time of arrest.

The names of these 27 Sunni prisoners who have been sentenced to death, in Rajai Shar prison, in Karaj, are as following:

Kaweh Weisi

Behrooz Shahnazari

Taleb Malleki

Shahram Ahmadi

Kaweh Sharifi

Arash Sharifi

Veria Ghaderi Fard

Keivan Momeni Fard

Barzan Nasrullahzadeh

Alem Barmashti

Pouria Mohammadi

Ahmad Nasiri

Edris Nemati

Farzad Honarjoo

Seyed Shahoo Ebrahimi

Mohammad Yavar Rahimi

Bahman Rahimi

Mokhtar Rahimi

Mohammad Gharibi

Farshid Naseri

Mohammad Keivan Karimi

Amjad Salehi

Omid Peivand

Ali Mojahedi

Hekmat Sharifi

Omar Abdullahi

Omid Mahmoudi