Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 11, 2019: According to IHR sources, two prisoners who are charged for criminal offenses, murdered political prisoner Alireza Shir-Mohammadali by stabbing his neck with a sharp object. IHR once again warns about the necessity of separation between political prisoners and prisoners with criminal charges.
“According to international norms, Alireza was innocent. He was imprisoned just for expressing his views on social media. Iranian authorities are responsible for Alireza’s murder,” IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said, “Alireza and other imprisoned political and civil activists have repeatedly objected to the practice of lack of separation of prisoners based on charges. However, Iranian authorities have never cared about that. The authorities are intentionally placing political prisoners with those with criminal charges to put more pressure on them. The Islamic Republic authorities should be held accountable for Alireza’s death.”
According to IHR sources, Alireza Shir-Mohammadali was killed at 20:30 on Monday, June 10, in Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary (also known as Fashafoye Prison). Two death-row prisoners, one sentenced to death for murder and another for drug-related offenses, stabbed Alireza in the neck and killed him.
Alireza’s lawyer Mohammadhadi Erfanian has confirmed Alireza’s death to IHR.
Alireza Shir-Mohammadali was 21 at the time of the murder. He was arrested on July 15, 2018, for his posts on social media. He was sentenced to 8 years of prison by the primary court for “insulting sacred religious beliefs, insulting the Supreme Leader, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”
Alireza had previously gone on hunger strike to protest his “illegal imprisonment despite a court order to release him on bail.” He had stopped the hunger strike when the authorities promised to process his request; a promise which was not kept and led Alireza to death.