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STOP THE EXECUTIONS | 62 Year Old Ashura Protester Faces Death Any Day

September 17, 2010

Persian Report by HRANA | September 15, 2010
Translation by Tour Irani for P2E

UPDATE | January 24, 2011: The Islamic Republic of Iran executed Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie. Rest in peace brave heroes of Iran.

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Following the rejection of his appeal by Iran’s Supreme Court, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari had to prepare for imminent execution.

According to Rooz Online, 62 year old Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari was arrested during the Ashura demonstrations last year and was sentenced to death. Following the confirmation of his death sentence by the Appeals Court, Mehdi Hojjati, the lawyer for Haj Aghayari, asked for clemency, but on September 14th, he was informed by the Supreme Court that this request has also been rejected.

Mehdi Hojjati explained, “Unfortunately, there is nothing else we can do as judicial lawyers. A request for clemency was our last attempt and it was denied. There are no legal avenues left to explore to prevent his execution.”

Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari who holds a previous political conviction record from the *1980’s has been accused by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Moharebeh (enemy of God) and association with the Mujahedin-e Khalgh Organization. His sentence was confirmed by branch 36 of the Revolutionary Court. He and Jafar Kazemi, another Iranian citizen who is sentenced to execution under the charge of Moharebeh, now face imminent execution.

Jafar Kazemi was also arrested and imprisoned in September 2009. He was sentenced to death by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court and confirmed by branch 36.  Nasim Ghanavi, the lawyer for Jafar Kazemi, had previously asked Iran’s Supreme Court for clemency for her client. Jafar Kazemi’s file is currently in the possession of the execution branch [which means he can be executed at any time].

*Editor’s Note: The 1980’s was a decade in Iran’s history that, from a human rights perspective, was known for its large volume of executions. Amnesty International puts the number of executions in the 1980’s at over 2,500. However, the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri mentions in his journal that the number is closer to 2,800 or perhaps 3,800, indicating that the exact number is unknown.

Many opponents of the Islamic Republic claim that the number far exceeds the quotes. In the summer of 1988, the Islamic Republic executed scores of political prisoners serving sentences for the charge of membership in dissident groups. They were buried in mass graves at Khavaran cemetery.

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The Islamic Republic continues to issue the politically-charged Moharebeh sentence in an attempt to dissuade further protests and internal opposition to its human rights abuses.

These death sentences are a violation of international law, especially United Nations conventions to which Iran is a signatory.

Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said, “These sentences were originally issued in kangaroo courts, despite an utter lack of evidence justifying any punishment, let alone capital punishment. Now the appeals judges are disregarding Iran’s own laws and international obligations by rubber stamping these horrifying sentences.”

Other prisoners’ families have been told that only Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can legally pardon Moharabeh death sentences. Based on these statements, the Iranian Supreme Leader decides on death sentences for political prisoners and is directly responsible for these prisoners’ lives.

Though the “Moharebeh” sentence is a religious one for armed resistance against the state, the Iranian regime continues to use it against political prisoners, even when the charges have no basis. These executions are crimes against humanity and must be stopped.

SIGN THE PETITION FOR MOHAMMAD ALI HAJ AGHAYARI!


WRITE LETTERS TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE MEDIA!


1. NAVI PILLAY, UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Email: npillay@ohchr.org, sg@un.org
  • CC: urgent-action@ohchr.org, inquiries@un.org, info@reachingcriticalwill.org, inforequest@wilpf.ch
  • Fax: +41-22-917-9008 (Geneva) +1-212-963-4097 (NY)


2. HIS EXCELLENCY BAN KI-MOON, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

  • Fax: 212-963-7055
  • Tel: 1-212-963-7160, 61, 62

SAMPLE LETTER:

Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned, demand the immediate halt to the execution order issued to Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari. The sentence is entirely illegal.

There is no evidence that Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari has committed any ‘crime’ and lawyers say all he did was join the mass protests again the Iranian regime on Ashura.

Also, like Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari has not had access to independent legal assistance and was restricted from seeing his family during his prosecution.

The Iranian regime’s judiciary reaffirmed the death sentence for Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari, a political prisoner charged with supporting the People’s Mujahedin-e Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). We as the people from the global community call on the UN Secretary General, Security Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights and all human rights organizations to take urgent measures to save the lives of Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari and other political prisoners.

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TAKE FURTHER ACTION | STOP THE EXECUTIONS!!

محمدعلی حاج آقایاری در آستانه اعدام

چهارشنبه 24 شهریور 1389 ساعت 05:21 |

خبرگزاری هرانا – با رد درخواست اعاده دادرسی از سوی دیوان عالی کشور، محمدعلی حاج آقایاری در آستانه اعدام قرار گرفت.

به گزارش روز آنلاین، حاج آقایاری 62 سال سن دارد و روز عاشورا بازداشت و به اعدام محکوم شده است. پس از تایید حکم اعدام او از سوی دادگاه تجدید نظر، مهدی حجتی، وکیل این زندانی سیاسی تقاضای اعاده دادرسی کرد اما او روز گذشته به “روز” خبر داد که تقاضای اعاده دادرسی از سوی دیوان عالی کشور رد شده و موکلش در آستانه اعدام قرار گرفته است.

وکیل آقای حاج آقایاری توضیح داد: “متاسفانه از نظر قانونی هیچ کاری از ما به عنوان وکیل دادگستری ساخته نیست و آخرین راه تقاضای اعاده دادرسی بود که انجام دادیم و رد شد. در اصل هیچ راه قانونی برای جلوگیری از اعدام موکلم وجود ندارد.”

محمدعلی حاج آقایاری که سابقه محکومیت سیاسی در دهه شصت را دارد از سوی شعبه 28 دادگاه انقلاب به محاربه و همکاری با سازمان مجاهدین خلق متهم و به اعدام محکوم شد؛ حکمی که توسط شعبه 36 دادگاه تجدید نظر عینا تایید شد و اکنون با رد تقاضای اعاده دادرسی، این زندانی سیاسی به اتفاق جعفر کاظمی در آستانه اعدام قرار گرفته است.

جعفر کاظمی نیز که از 28 شهریور سال گذشته در زندان به سر می برد از سوی شعبه 28 دادگاه انقلاب به محاربه متهم و به اعدام محکوم شد و شعبه 36 دادگاه تجدید نظر این حکم را نیز عینا تایید کرد.

نسیم غنوی وکیل آقای کاظمی پیش از این از رد درخواست اعاده دادرسی برای موکلش از سوی دیوان عالی کشور خبر داده بود؛ پرونده این زندانی سیاسی اکنون در شعبه اجرای احکام است.

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