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Iran: Political Prisoner’s Death Sentence Approved by the Supreme Court

12 Apr 18
Iran: Political Prisoner’s Death Sentence Approved by the Supreme Court

Iran Human Rights (Apr 11, 2018): Ramin Hossein-Panahi is a political prisoner in Sanandaj Central Prison. His death sentence has been approved by the Supreme Court, and he might be executed soon.
 

According to a close source, on Tuesday, April 11, Branch 39 of the Supreme Court approved Ramin Hossein Panahi’s death sentence.
Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, Mr. Panahi’s lawyer, told Iran Human Rights, “Ramin’s confessions were extracted under torture. The proceedings were unfair and unjust. Because those who arrested him [are the plaintiffs], and the prosecutors and the court, all are a united entity in this regard. Thus, they didn’t pay attention to our requests.”
He continued, “I will request a retrial which can delay the execution, however, my client might still get executed anytime, and he is in danger. The verdict is unjust, and it is not in accordance with legal principles and human rights.”
He concluded, “both the Revolutionary Guards and the Ministry of Intelligence were the plaintiffs and asked for the maximum penalty.”
Ramin Hossein Panahi was shot and arrested by the Revolutionary Guards on Friday, June 23, 2017. The Revolutionary Guards claimed that he was armed, but the defendant’s family deny the accusation.
The political prisoner was held in solitary confinement of the Intelligence Protection Organization of Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution for 200 days after which he was transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison on January 9, 2018.
It should be noted that Ramin Hossein Panahi’s trial was held on January 15, 2018, and he was sentenced to death on the charge of “rebellion, action against national security, and joining of Komala (A Kurdish Party).”
According to Article 287 of the Islamic Penal Code, only the members of a group who resort to an armed uprising against the system of the Islamic Republic shall be sentenced to death by law.