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Saman Naseem and 3 other Prisoners at Imminent Risk of Execution

Posted on: 8th May, 2016
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Mohammad Abdollahi

HRANA News Agency – Following unusual changes in recent days, the authorities of Urmia prison, summoned four prisoners, including Saman Naseem, Mohammad Abdollahi and two other criminal prisoners and warned them that considering the new judiciary procedures, there is not a long time left until their execution.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Saman Naseem and Mohammad Abdullahi, death row political prisoners, were summoned to the prison’s Praying Hall, Hosseinieh, on 26th April, and the prison warden, in the presence of social workers, told them: “your status as a matter of execution, is red and the only thing that you can do is asking for forgiveness.”

Also Hajir Iran-Nejad and Soleiman Mohammadi from ward 12, accordingly, death row prisoners with charges of murder and drug related crimes, along with two mentioned political prisoners, were summoned and were told that their execution was close and they would better request for amnesty or legal action to try to save themselves.

HRANA had reported that at least one hundred death row prisoners in the prison of Urmia were called and were said that up to the next three months their status would become clear.

Saman Naseem, juvenile offender, was born on December 17, 1993, and was arrested in the age of 17, in April 2013 and convicted of death. His death sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeals of West Azerbaijan Province on charges of waging war through the membership in a Kurdish opposition parties and participating in an armed operation.

Mohammad Abdollahi, 35, married and resident of the city of Bukan, on charge of combat through the membership in a Kurdish opposition party, was sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad.

His death sentence was officially communicated to him by the Law-enforcement Office in Mahabad prison, after being approved by the Supreme Court, in April 2014.

It is noteworthy that the unusual procedure of calling a big group of death row prisoners in Urmia prison, has caused a wave of concern among prisoners, their families and human rights activists.

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