Mostafa Salimi Serving the 15th Year with no Certain Verdict
HRANA News Agency – The case of Mostafa Salimi, death row political prisoner, has been under investigation from three years ago. He started his fifteenth year of imprisonment and was exiled last year from Saghez prison to Sanandaj Central Prison. This issue has created many problems for him and his family. It is to say that the reason for the exile had been announced as; “long-term endured imprisonment”.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mostafa Salimi’s case has been under investigation from three years ago and still no decision has been made on it.
A source close to this political prisoner told HRANA’s reporter: “Mostafa Salimi’s chasing up has been unanswered, his frequent calls do not get answers. On the other hand there are some problems that because of his exile to Sanandaj prison put him under extra pressure and make his situation quite bad.”
HRANA had previously reported that Mostafa Salimi had been moved from Saghez prison to Sanandaj Central Prison in June 2016.
A source close to the family of this political prisoner, regarding the problems created following his transfer, had told HRANA’s reporter: “While being transferred, Mr. Salimi was not allowed to take his belongings. On the other hand, his family lives in a village in Saqez, they should go to Saqez and then Sanandaj to meet with him which takes a lot of time and money. Mr. Salimi has been kept in prison since fourteen years ago and his family has already financial difficulties.”
The source also explained in regard to the local judicial authorities’ opinion, “Mr. Rastegar, head of the General Administration [prisons in Sanandaj] opposed to keep Mr. Salimi in Saqez prison although according to the judge of prison, based on judicial review, there is no matter to stay in Saqez prison.”
The source also explained in regard to the last status of Salimi’s case and the death sentence, “Currently, the case is at the Department of Judiciary by Ayatollah Hesari.”
Mostafa Salimi, born on June 25, 1967, was a National Gas Company’s contractor and has been sentenced to death on charge of “Enmity against God”, “armed robbery” and “membership in a Kurdish opposition party” by judge Godini.
The political prisoner had many hunger strikes in protest to the sentence, which he described as unfair.