Iran: Yet another Sunni prisoner of conscience, Shahram Ahmadi, to be hanged



    Iran: Yet another Sunni prisoner of conscience, Shahram Ahmadi, to be hanged

    By Kaveh Taheri

    Oct 27, Tehran:Shahram Ahmadi, 30, a Sunni prisoner of conscience, who was arrested on November 29, 2009, has been sentenced to death by the Appeal Court. The verdict has been submitted to his lawyer on October 25, 2015, and referred to Iran’s Supreme Court.

    According to the BCR Group, he was sentenced to capital punishment on vague charges “Moharebeh”, “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime of Iran” at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court chaired by Judge Mogheyseh on October 12, 2012 [He was trialed in a so-called court in 5 minutes].

    The 30-year-old, from Sanandaj city, was held in solitary confinement for 33 months in ward 350 of Evin prison in Tehran, before being transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. Shahram had been also kept in the prisons of Sanandaj and Zanjan since the arrest.
    His younger brother, Bahram Ahmadi, was executed in Ghezel Hesar prison along with five other Sunni preachers on 27 December 2012.

    Shahram Ahmadi, suffers from kidney infections. He has entered into his seventh prison term on April 25, 2015.
    However, his activities were reportedly linked to cultural-religious affairs such as preaching in public places such as mosques and universities, participating in the religious (Sunni) meeting, distribution religious books and CDs, religious holiday’s prayer, funding religious ceremonies and training of seminarian courses.

    The Letter of his Mother about her Second Son to Be Hanged

    They are going to kill [hang] my second son. My Shahram yet to be 30 years old. He has been in prison for seven years. Most of his incarceration, he has been held in solitary confinement. Now, his death sentence for religious activities in the mosque, has been sent to the Execution of the Warrants Department. What can I do as a palsy mother? Bahram, his brother, was also hanged. How much can a mother tolerate? Every day and night I cry out to God and ask him to give me my death. As a Sunni Muslim, we are not heard [in Iran]. Isn't this the quote by Imam Hussein of Shiites: "If you don’t believe in any religion [and don’t fear the Resurrection Day], at least be free in this world"? Do something to save my son. I have lived enough, it’s a couple of years that I have become palsy, even can't go to Tehran to visit my son [in prison]. Hang me instead of him and finish everything. Death is better than this life that you have given me. My son is yet to be 30, for what sin are you killing our children? I swear to the only God, one day, you must answer for these innocent bloods [that you have shed].

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    Sunni Prisoners Situation in Iran

    According to reports there are over 74 Sunni Kurd prisoners who have been convicted to prison terms between five to thirty-three year in Rajai Shahr prison. In addition , 39 of them have been convicted to death by Revolutionary Court of the regime, although, the Six prisoners of them including Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molaei, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Sedigh Mohammadi and Hadi Husseini were executed on 4 March 2015.

    Torture, beating, mock execution and brutal interrogation are the norms against Sunni Kurd prisoners that most of them are unknown because of bias media and Human Rights Organizations.
    These prisoners have had extremely painful experiences in prison—both psychologically and physically during interrogation.

    The captives are then thrown into solitary confinement and horrific interrogation rooms, where the goal of inquisition through inhuman and cruel methods. The condition of prisoners is alarming and worrying as reports have acknowledged.They are brutally tortured and threatened through pressure of their families, hanging from ceiling that lead them to break their shoulder, lethal medicine injection, hangs up weight to the testis, keeping in cold weather, threats of rape, severe lashes on the bed, beating by shocker, beating to the sensitive organs (head, cerebellum, neck, spine, stomach, shin, knee, back of knee), mock execution and long-term imprisonment in solitary confinement.

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    Hereof, BCR Group has asked for the halting of the death penalty.  In a letter sent to the authorisites, they have urged the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Shahram Ahmadi and commute without delay his death sentence to a term of imprisonment;

    To help Ahmadi, PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 7 SEPTEMBER 2015 TO:

    Leader of the Islamic Republic
    Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
    The Office of the Supreme Leader
    Islamic Republic Street- End of Shahid
    Keshvar Doust Street
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Email:info_leader@leader.ir
    Twitter: @khamenei_ir
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Head of the Judiciary
    Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
    c/o Public Relations Office
    Number 4, 2 Azizi Street intersection
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    And copies to:
    President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    Hassan Rouhani
    The Presidency
    Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English)
    @Rouhani_ir (Persian)

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