Thursday, December 30, 2010


Political prisoner Ali Sarami hanged after 24 years incarceration

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s statement, Ali Sarami, 63, member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), was hanged at dawn on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, after 24 years of incarceration under the clerical and Shah’s rule.

After the 1975 revolution Sarami was arrested four times. The last time he was arrested was in August 2007 during a ceremony marking the anniversary of massacre of political prisoners. After the Ashura uprising in December 2009, he was sentenced to death. The statement adds: “The regime’s Revolutionary Prosecutor described Sarami’s charge as “publicity activities against the sacred rule of Islamic Republic.” He wrote: “He visited Ashraf and during that he received necessary trainings and returned to the country… and eventually he was arrested in August 2007 for his repeated activities and participation in counter revolutionary ceremonies and gatherings in support of PMOI and dispatching reports to this grouplet (PMOI). During a search in his house some CDs, films, pictures from PMOI and hand written organizational documents linked to the grouplet were found and confiscated.”

The henchmen of the regime subjected Sarami to the most brutal torture and pressures until his last days in a bid to break his resistance, but despite all his ailments and intolerable prison conditions, he stood firm on the ideal of freedom and liberation for the people of Iran and did not yield.

When receiving his death sentence he said: 'They cannot frighten me and my freedom-loving compatriots by execution and hanging... The only reason for such sentences is their fear of their own unstable state'. Following Ali Sarami’s execution, his daughter was arrested by the regime’s henchmen outside Evin Prison in Tehran. The Iranian regime also hanged Ali Akbar Siadat another political prisoner. This action brought outrage to Iranians everywhere. Since the news of Sarami and Siadat’s executions the Iranians gathered in front of the regime’s embassies around the world. On Wednesday the Iranian-Canadians staged a protest in front of the Iranian embassy.