Sunday, April 25, 2010


Two prisoners murdered in Orumieh prison in Iran
According to National Council of Resistance of Iran, the clerical regime’s henchmen in Orumieh prison murdered two inmates. Last Sunday, April 18, the special guard in Orumieh prison attacked inmates to quell their protests. In this attack, led by a prison guard named Akbar Pishehvar, an inmate identified as Seifoddin Yahya Zadeh was murdered by blows of baton to his head. The protest in prison was provoked by the murder of another inmate earlier who was identified as Iraj Ghamangiz. On the same day, the guards in Gohardasht prison attacked inmates in Ward 1 and destroyed or stole their personal belongings. The inmates confronted the attackers and punished the warden, Hassan Akharian, and forced them to retreat. This is the second time that the warden has been punished by the inmates.

The Iranian regime has Sentenced three members of One Family to Death
Spero website, April 21, 2010 reported that the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has reported that three members of one family (husband, wife, and their son) and two of their close friends have been sentenced to death after being arrested in Iran’s postelection crackdown. The rights group said the death sentences were issued following an unfair trial during which only weak evidence was presented. The five have been charged with sending videos and pictures to an exiled Opposition group, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

Amnesty International’s urgent action appeal to prevent imminent execution in Iran
Amnesty International released an URGENT ACTION APPEAL on April 21, 2010 to prevent executions of two Iranian Kurds in Iran who are feared to be at imminent risk of execution. “Hossein Khezri, a 28-year-old man, and Zeynab Jalalian, a 27-year-old woman, both members of Iran’s Kurdish minority, are feared to be at imminent risk of execution. Both were convicted of “enmity against God”, in separate cases, for membership of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan. Hossein Khezri was arrested in Kermanshah in 2008, held in detention facilities under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, and was later sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in Oromieh, north-west Iran, for “enmity against God” (“moharebeh”). His sentence was upheld in or around August 2009. He said he was tortured and asked for an investigation, but his request was denied in March 2010.
On 11 April 2010, he was moved from Oromieh Central Prison to an unknown location, raising fears that his execution may be imminent. Zeynab Jalalian, from Maku, a town in the north-west of Iran, was sentenced to death for “enmity against God” around January 2009 by Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. Before that, she had spent eight months in a Ministry of Intelligence detention facility, during which time her family had no information concerning her fate. She is reported not to have been granted access to a lawyer during her trial, which she said lasted only a few minutes. Zeynab Jalalian’s death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 26 November 2009. In early March 2010, Zeynab Jalalian was moved from Kermanshah Prison to an unknown location, possibly a detention facility of the Ministry of Intelligence. After several weeks, in late March 2010, she was transferred to Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. The precise reasons for her transfer are unknown, but the website Reporters and Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that she said she is awaiting execution.”