Kurdish Political Prisoner Anvar Khezri on Hunger Strike – Day 40

HRANA News Agency – After forty days of hunger strike in Rajai-Shahr Prison, Kurdish political prisoner Anvar Khezri is in critical condition and alarmingly poor physical health.Meanwhile, prison officials continue to ignore his requests.

According to a report by Kalame News, Anvar Khezri began his hunger strike forty days ago to protest against the conditions under which he has been locked up in Rajai-Shahr Prison, Ward 6, Hall 18.Since two years ago when he was arrested, Anvar Khezri has been in a state of limbo without any formal charges or a trial.Additionally, he hasn’t even been interrogated.

To protest against the uncertainty surrounding his case and also having been locked up amongst ordinary inmates in Rajai-Shahr Prison, Anvar Khezri continues his hunger strike.He refuses to eat any food and only drinks water and tea.

Anvar Khezri has two main demands.First, he has requested to be formally charged and tried after being in a legal limbo behind bars for two years.Second, he has demanded to be transferred to the ward housing political prisoners.

Two other Kurdish political prisoners, Kamran Shakhi and Ebrahim Seyedi, were also on hunger strike but ended it a few days ago.

Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shakhi, Ebrahim Seyedi, Ahmad Kamal Ramzan, Ramzan Saeedi and Hadi Amini are all political prisoners in Rajai-Shahr Prison who have been locked up amongst inmates convicted of violent crimes and also prisoners with dangerous communicable diseases.These six political prisoners have requested to be transferred to the ward housing other political prisoners.


Forty Death Sentences for Citizens Charged with Drug Trafficking

HRANA News Agency – The Chief Justice of Ardabil Province has announced that about forty citizens charged with drug trafficking have received the death penalty in this province.

According to a report by Mehr News Agency, on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2011, while visiting with a group of citizens form Ardabil Province, Gholam Ali Rezai emphasized, “A number of verdicts issued by courts are currently going through the legal process, and the sentences will be carried out before long.”

Pointing out that the people of Ardabil Province will soon witness the execution of Iran’s national enemies of religion, morality, identity and beliefs, the Chief Justice of Ardabil Province added, “The Judiciary Branch will address the concerns of families regarding illegal drugs by hanging the dealers of death.”


Sentencing and Detention of Bahai Citizen

HRANA- Soosan Tebianian, a Bahai citizen from Semnan, was summoned by the revolutionary court in Semnan, where she was detained and transferred to Evin Prison.

Soosan Tebianian had been accused of spreading propaganda against the government and membership in a Bahai organization. She was sentenced to one and a half years in prison. She was detained and transferred to Tehran’s Evin Prison on June 30, 2010.

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Kamal Sharifi on Hunger Strike – Day 40

HRANA News Agency – It has been over 40 days since Kurdish political prisoner Kamal Sharifi began his hunger strike in Minab Prison, Hormozgan Province.Amid reports of his deteriorating health, concerns over his physical condition have escalated.

In an interview with Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kamal Sharifi’s brother confirmed that his sibling has been on hunger strike for a long time and said, “Since his arrest in 2008, we have seen him only once when he was being kept in the Intelligence Agency’s office.”

Kamal Sharif’s brother added, “He has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for the crime of Moharebeh, waging war against God.For the duration of his sentence, he is banned from having visitors.”

Explaining the reason for his brother’s hunger strike, Mr. Sharifi said, “He is on hunger strike because he is locked up with prisoners charged with drug trafficking, and he is asking to meet with the judge presiding over his case.Unfortunately, his requests have been ignored thus far.Prison officials also don’t allow us to see him, and since he began his hunger strike, phone contacts have stopped as well.”

Meanwhile, faced with repeated requests from Kamal Sharifi’s family, the judge handling this case said, “I won’t give you the permission to see him.Let your son die!”

Kamal Sharifi is a journalist and political activist from the city of Saghez, Kurdistan Province.Despite his rapidly deteriorating physical health and although he has been transferred to the prison medical clinic, Kamal Sharifi refuses to break his hunger strike.


140 Individuals Hanged in South Khorasan Province

HRANA News Agency – has announced that last year, one hundred forty individual charged with drug trafficking were executed in this province.

 According to a report by Mehr News Agency (HRANA), on Saturday morning, June 25, 2011, during a ceremony to recognize and award outstanding staff members of South Khorasan Judiciary, Mohammad Bagher Bagheri said, “The Revolutionary Court deals swiftly and decisively with criminals and drug traffickers.”

Announcing that 38,000 cases were handled throughout the province last year, Mohammad Bagher Bagheri added, “This significant phenomenon is an indicator of comprehensive actions, plans and management spear headed by the judicial officials in South Khorasan.”

Pointing out the importance of the administrative role the Judiciary Branch plays, Hojatoleslam Baheri said, “This branch of government will also punish rapists with total decisiveness in the shortest amount of time.”


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Political Prisoner Kamal Sharifi Transferred to Prison Hospital

HRANA News Agency – Following four weeks of ongoing hunger strike, political prisoner Kamal Sharifi has been transferred to the prison hospital in Minab Prison, Hormozgan Province.It has been reported that he is in critical condition. Kamal Sharifi is a journalist and political activist from the city of Saghez, Kurdistan Province.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kamal Sharifi began his hunger strike four weeks ago to protest prison conditions.Subsequently, he has been the target of prison official’s wrath and ill-treatment.

Iranian Security forces arrested Kamal Sharifi in the city of Saghez and charged him with the attempt to overthrow the government and acting against the national security.Kamal Sharifi has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and exiled to Hormozgan Province.Currently, he is serving his third year in prison with rapidly deteriorating physical health.  During the last three years of incarceration, Kamal Sharifi has not been permitted to have any visitors.


Five Mass Executions in Vakil Abad Prison Confirmed

HRANA News Agency – While confirming five mass hangings of prisoners in Vakil Abad Prison, the public and revolutionary prosecutor in the city of Mashhad said, “The media exaggerates the execution of citizens accused of drug trafficking.”

According to a report by the Iranian Students News Agency (ISANA), in an attempt to justify recent mass executions, Mahmoud Zoghi said, “Foreign and counter-revolutionary news agencies are making a big deal about this issue.It must be noted that Razavi Khorasan Province and the city of Mashhad border Afghanistan from where illegal drugs enter the country.”

Mahmoud Zoghi added, “Currently, Razavi Khorasan Province and the city of Mashhad have the worst drug-related crimes throughout the country.In some cases, drugs are even imported into Mashhad from other parts of Iran.”

Furthermore, the public and revolutionary prosecutor explained, “According to drug trafficking laws, the punishment for the transportation, possession and trading of more than 30 grams of heroin is the death sentence.Since the largest amount of heroin is imported into the Razavi Khorasan Province, naturally, the highest number of executions will take place here.”

Confirming that five mass executions have occurred this year, Mahmoud Zoghi added, “A lot of our drug trafficking cases are related to crimes involving more than 10 kilograms of heroin.”

While mentioning the names of various individuals who have been hanged for drug trafficking, Mahmoud Zoghi said, “Considering the number of cases we have had, these many hangings are proportionally adequate.Foreign media is exaggerating the issue for no reason.”


Behrouz Javid Tehrani and Three Others in Isolation Cells

HRANA News Agency – Four political prisoners in Karaj’s Rajai-Shahr Prison have been transferred to solitary confinement for an unknown reason.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Behrouz Javid Tehrani, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Farzad Maddadzadeh and Salih Kahandel have been locked up in isolation cells in Sepa Ward.No reason has been announced for this transfer.

It has been reported that more than sixty prisoners in Hall 12 of Ward 4 are kept in isolation and away from the general population in Rajai-Shahr Prison.