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Iranian Political Prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, Was Executed This Morning

1 Jun 14
Iranian Political Prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, Was Executed This Morning
Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani's unlawful execution and holds the Iranian authorities' leader Ali Khamenei responsible for his death. "The judicial process leading to Mr. Khosravi's death sentence and his execution shows that the Iranian authorities not only violate the international norms and obligations, they are not even capable of following their own laws" said IHR's spokesperson.   Iran Human Rights, June 1, 2014: The political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani who was transferred to solitary confinement yesterday, was executed in the Rajaishahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) early this morning.
The office of Tehran's Prosecutor confirmed the execution and wrote that Mr. Khosravi "was convicted of moharebeh (waging war against the God) through cooperation with Mujahedin-e-Khalgh (PMOI/MEK) organization. Iran Human Rights (IHR) and several Iranian and international human rights organizations had reported about Mr. Khosravi's scheduled execution and asked for international reactions. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to 6 years in prison for having given information and economic support to the Iranian opposition group PMOI. However, while he was in prison in 2010, he was tried again for the same charges and sentenced to death convicted of moharebeh. This is a clear violation of the international and Iranian laws. Reports indicate that he was subjected to physical and psychological torture after his arrest. Mr. Khosravi was among the prisoners who was beaten and transferred to solitary confinement under the brutal raid of the security forces in the ward 350 of the Evin prison on April 17. IHR strongly condemns the execution of Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani and asks for a broad international condemnation of the execution. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: "Mr. Khosravi had been subjected to torture, unfair trial and a death sentence which is in violation of the Iranian and international laws. Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of the Iranian authorities, is responsible for Mr. Khosravi's unlawful execution and must be hold accountable for this crime". Amiry-Moghaddam added: "The judicial process leading to Mr. Khosravi's death sentence and his execution shows that the Iranian authorities not only violate the international norms and obligations, they are not even capable of following their own laws"   Background: Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 in Rafsanjan, Kerman for his alleged cooperation with the exile TV station Simay-e Azadi (Voice of Freedom), which is in connection with The Mujahedin-e-Khalgh organization (PMOI or MEK). In 2008, Mr. Khosravi was sentenced to a total of six years in prison. He was charged with espionage for cooperation with the pro-MEK TV channel. Despite the fact that he already had been sentenced, he was re-tried for the same accusations, this time charged with “Moharebeh” (enmity against God), and sentenced to death. The death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on April 21. 2012 and eventually sent to the implementations of sentences office in Evin Prison Mr. Khosravi was scheduled to be executed in September 2012, but his execution was later postponed. At that time, Mr. Khosravi had reportedly spent more than 40 months in solitary confinement in different locations in the prisons, including ward 240 of Evin Prison. Close sources state that Mr. Khosravi has been under torture and pressure to make televised confessions. It is believed that Mr. Khosravi’s refusal to make confessions is the reason why he is sentenced to death. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was transferred from the ward 350 of Evin Prison to the Rajaishahr Prison some days ago. He was then transferred to solitary confinement at Rajaishahr Prison and his family were informed that they could visit him for the last time. Abdolfattah Soltani, one of Mr. Khosravi’s lawyers, is currently held the Evin Prison. Sources within the prison say that Mr. Khosravi’s scheduled execution could be the authorities’ reaction to the prisoners’ resistance towards the brutal raid by the Iranian security on April 17, where many prisoners were brutally beaten.