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Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed Amid Allegations of Unfair Trial

15 Jun 15
Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed Amid Allegations of Unfair Trial
A Kurdish political prisoner from Mahabad has been hanged to death by Iranian authorities
Iran Human Rights, June 15 2015: According to unofficial reports, Mansour Arvand, a Kurdish political prisoner was hanged to death on Sunday in Miandoab Prison. Arvand's brother, Esmaeil, confirmed the reports to Iran Human Rights and added, "My brother was not accused of any acts of violence in his case file." Iranian authorities arrested Arvand on June 14, 2010 and sentenced him to death for "Working with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran", "Propaganda against the regime", and "Moharebeh." Authorities reportedly did not allow Arvand a visit with his family prior to executing him.
Confirmed sources say the authorities had previously communicated to Arvand that his death  sentence was commuted to life in prison. Iran Human Rights condemns the execution of Mansour Arvand and calls on the Iranian authorities to try individuals who have been arrested and imprisoned for politically motivated offenses fairly and openly in the presence of reporters and a jury.