Fakhreddin Ebrahimi Arrested in Urmia

On April 3, 2023, Fakhreddin Ebrahimi was arrested by security forces after being summoned to the Investigation Branch of the Urmia Public and Revolutionary Court. On March 17, 2023, his father, Mohyeddin Ebrahimi, a political prisoner, was executed.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on April 3, 2023, security forces arrested Fakhreddin Ebrahimi in Urmia.

On March 27, Ebrahimi reportedly was summoned to the Investigation branch of the Urmia Public and Revolutionary Court for the allegation of “destructing door of guard room of the Court of Appeal.” He was arrested there by security forces and taken to a detention facility.
Earlier, on March 16, 2023, he was also arrested by security forces and released on bond the next day.

Political Prisoner Mohyeddin Ebrahimi Executed in Urmia Prison

On March 17, 2023, political prisoner Mohyeddin Ebrahimi, a resident of Oshnavieh County, was executed in Urmia Prison. This prison official also carried out the execution of five other inmates convicted of drug-related crimes.

Last Wednesday, March 15, prison officials transferred him to solitary confinement as a routine procedure for carrying out the execution.

On October 23, 2017, Ebrahimi was arrested at the border area adjacent to Iraq for allegedly carrying alcoholic beverages. During the arrest, he was injured by shooting three times in the foot.

On September 23, 2018, branch 2 of Urmia Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Ali Sheikhlou, was sentenced to death for “collaboration with one of the anti-regime political parties.” The Supreme Court overturned this verdict and returned the case to the same branch of the Revolutionary Court for review. This court branch sentenced him again to death, and this time, the verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Moreover, five inmates, including a woman, all convicted of drug-related crimes, were executed in this prison. HRANA has identified these individuals as Yasin Rashidi, Asha (Foroohar) Abbasnejad, Jahanbakhsh Radlooie, Mohammad Ayoubian and Nasrin (female-last name unknown).


Alcohol Charges Evolve into Death Sentence for Urmia Political Prisoner

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – Forty-two-year-old political prisoner Mohyeddin Ebrahimi has been convicted of cooperating with a Kurdish opposition party and sentenced to death by Judge Ali Sheikhloo in Branch 2 of Urmia’s Revolutionary Court. He is currently being held in Section 12 of Urmia Prison in northwestern Iran.

A close source told HRANA that Ebrahimi has been recovering from three gunshot wounds for the better part of a year in the Urmia Prison clinic. He was shot during his arrest on October 23, 2017, at the Iran-Iraq border, where he was found to be carrying a walkie-talkie and accused of alcohol possession.

HRANA’s source indicated the court was flippant in its verdict on Ebrahimi’s case, verbally presenting the charge of “cooperating with a Kurdish opposition party” — punishable by death — while skipping over portions of the judicial process provisioned by law, e.g. formal questioning, providing him with a hard copy of his charge sheet, or the hearing of any statements in his defense.

Ebrahimi’s record shows a history of alcohol charges: a 2010 arrest for which he spent 11 months in Urmia prison before being acquitted, and a 2014 charge that was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence.

According to Amnesty International’s annual report, Iran ranks first in the world in executions per capita.

Mohyeddin Ebrahimi is from the village Alkaw, near the city of Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province.