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Hossein Khezri, Kurdish Political Activist Sentenced to Death as “Enemy of God”

November 22, 2010

Hossein Khezri is a 28 year old Iranian Kurdish political activist who was arrested in Kermanshah on July 31, 2008 by the Nabi Akram Sepah branch. He suffered inhuman and despicable physical and psychological torture while under interrogation for 49 days in the Kermanshah detention center. The abuse was so much that his eyesight is now severely damaged. On May 11, 2009, he was transferred to Orumiyeh prison [in the Western Azerbaijan province].

Khezri was convicted of the charges of Moharebeh ‘enmity with God’ and ‘endangerment to  state security’. The charges were upheld by branch 10 of the Appeals Court in the West Azerbaijan province and the death sentence was confirmed by branch 31 of the Supreme Court.

A letter by Hossein Khezri addressed to international human rights organizations regarding his case and the torture he has endured was recently published. Here is an excerpt:

On July 27, 2009, two weeks before the final verdict, I sent a formal complaint to the Attorney General of the Orumiyeh Military Court about the of inhumane and illegal behaviour [toward me]…On February 2, 2009, right after I sent the complaint and submitted my evidence to the medical examiner, I was detained for three days by the Ministry of Intelligence under the supervision of armed guards. I was threatened during this time about the complaint I had submitted. I was asked why I dared to complain. I was told that I must appear on camera and read off the confessions they have written for me and deny that I had been mistreated in any way. I was told if I cooperate, they may lessen the charges and reduce the punishment…whenever my father attempted to find out any information about me, he was given confusing and conflicting answers. He was so scared that I had already been executed that he suffered a fatal heart attack at the office of the Ministry of Intelligence…Barely 20 days following the death of my father, I was exiled to Qazvin prison [approximately 200 miles away from his home in Orumiyeh]…So far no one has followed up on my complaints or my request to be sent to the medical examiner. So far there has been no reason given for not following up on my complaints.

By now, the news of Hossein Khezri’s imminent execution has been reported on several Internet sites. To verify the accuracy and validity of the reports, Seyed Ehsan Mojtavi, Khezri’s attorney stated, “Recently a procedural unity vote was announced by the Supreme Court of Iran that requires all death sentences under review to be sent to the Supreme Court. Based on this [information] we protest that the Appeals Court in the Western Azerbaijan province has no jurisdiction over the case file.”

Mojtavi continued, “In response to my objection, the judicial authorities have declared that Hossein Khezri’s execution verdict was issued prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling. The judicial authorities have stated that the Appeals Court has confirmed the death sentence and that the new requirement cannot be retrospectively applied to a punishment already determined by the law.”

He explains that, according to the interpretation of criminal laws in favor of the defendant, the new requirement does apply to Hossein Khezri’s case. Mojtavi stated, “[I believe] that due to the voting uncertainty surrounding the case, Hossein Khezri’s file must be investigated and reviewed again by the Supreme Court. It is likely that the case has been referred to the Prosecutor’s office in Orumiyeh so that the Prosecutor may take a stance on this matter.”

In response to recent reports that Mojtavi received a notification about Hossein Khezri’s execution order to be carried out in the coming days, he said, “No letter indicating that the execution order will be carried out has been given to me. Additionally, I deny the news of my withdrawal from representing Hossein Khezri.”

Translation by Laleh Gillani | Editing and report by Persian2English

TAKE ACTION AND SEND SAMPLE LETTER

SAMPLE LETTER:

TO: npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org
CC: inquiries@un.org, info_leader@leader.ir

Ms. Pillay:

I am writing to you with an urgent request that you issue a demand for the Islamic Republic to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners in Iran, including Hossein Khezri, a 28-year-old political prisoner held in Orumiyeh prison in Iran. He has been repeatedly severely tortured, and the Islamic Republic regime has now issued orders for his immediate execution.

I fully expect the United Nations to finally take action on this and all other cases of political prisoners in Iran. People of the world do not accept the continued detentions, tortures and executions perpetrated by the Islamic Republic, and we do not tolerate the UN’s refusal to act substantively in these matters.

Sincerely,

[your name]


وکیل مدافع حسین خضری در مصاحبه با مکریان: هیچ نامەای مبنی بر اجرای حکم به من ابلاغ نشده است

آژانس خبری مکریان: اخیرا خبری در برخی از سایتها ی اینترنتی مبنی بر قریب الوقوع بودن اجرای حکم اعدام حسین خضری منتشر گردید که جهت اطلاع از صحت و سقم این خبر، مصاحبه ای با وکیل این زندانی انجام داده ایم که متن کامل آن در ذیل تقدیم می گردد.

سید احسان مجتوی وکیل این زندانی در گفتگو با خبرنگار آژانس خبری موکریان در پاسخ به این سوال که پرونده در چه مرحله ای قرار دارد گفت :اخیرا از سوی دیوان عالی کشور رای وحدت رویه ای ابلاغ شده که احکام اعدام جهت بررسی باید به دیوان عالی کشور فرستاده شود بر اساس این قانون ما به حکم اعدام حسین خضری اعتراض کرده واعلام نموده ایم که دادگاه تجدید نظر استان آذربایجان غربی صلاحیت رسیدگی به این پرونده را ندارد و باید این پرونده به دیوان عالی کشور ارجاع شود .

وی در ادامه اظهار داشت : مقامات قضایی در پاسخ به اعتراض اینجانب اعلام کرده اند که صدور حکم اعدام حسین خضری قبل از صدور رای وحدت رویه دیوان عالی کشور صادر شده و در دادگاه تجدید نظر استان تایید گردیده است و قانون کیفری عطف به ما سبق نمی شود.

وکیل حسین خضری افزود :با توجه به تفسیر قوانین کیفری به نفع متهم ، رای وحدت رویه دیوان عالی کشور شامل حال پرونده حسین خضری می شود و به نظر اینجانب رای غیر قطعی و پرونده وی باید مجددا در دیوان عالی کشور مورد بررسی قرار گیرد.

این وکیل داگستری ادامه داد : احتمالا جهت رفع این ایراد پرونده به دادستانی ارومیه رفته تا ایشان نظر خود را در این رابطه اعلام نماید.

در خاتمه وی درپاسخ به این پرسش که در سایتها آمده که طی روزهای اخیر نامه ای مبنی بر اجرای حکم حسین خضری در روزهای آینده به شما ابلاغ گردیده است گفت :هیچ نامه ای مبنی بر اجرای حکم اعدام حسین خضری به اینجانب ابلاغ نگردیده و اخباری را که در رابطه با انصراف اینجانب از وکالت پرونده حسین خضری منتشر شده تکذیب می نمایم.

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    1. Ms. Pillay:

      I am writing to you with an urgent request that you issue a demand for the Islamic Republic to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners in Iran, including Hossein Khezri, a 28-year-old political prisoner held in Orumiyeh prison in Iran. He has been repeatedly severely tortured, and the Islamic Republic regime has now issued orders for his immediate execution.

      I fully expect the United Nations to finally take action on this and all other cases of political prisoners in Iran. People of the world do not accept the continued detentions, tortures and executions perpetrated by the Islamic Republic, and we do not tolerate the UN’s refusal to act substantively in these matters.

      Sincerely,
      Radin

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