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Four Sunni Kurdish Death Row Prisoners In Dire Health On Day 66 Of Hunger Strike

On day 66 of their hunger strike, the four death row Sunni Kurdish prisoners of conscience have been reported to be in dire health.

On Wednesday January 8, Hamed Ahmadi, one of the four Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike, fell unconscious and was taken to the prison’s medical clinic.

An informed source told HRANA, “After some hours when he became conscious he noticed all his clothing were wet. When he asked the other prisoners why his clothing was wet, he was told that the physician at the clinic did not believe he was unconscious so he poured water on him.”

This source also said, “Hamed Ahmadi fell down as he was going to the bathroom for his ritual wash before performing Namaz (daily prayers) and hit his head on the stone sink. Today, his blood pressure was at 80 over 50 and the doctors said Ahmadi and Jamshid Jahangir Dehghani’s healths are in dire condition. When Hamed became conscious at the clinic he saw that he was hooked to an IV and they were taking pictures of him.”

On Wednesday night, Jamshid Dehghani also fell unconscious and was taken to the medical clinic. As of the time of this report, his status is not known.

Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Malaei, Jamshid Dehghani and Jahangir dehghani launched a hunger strike as of Monday November 4, 2013, protesting labor union issues and their death sentenced.

There are more than 200 Sunni prisoners incarcerated in prisons across Iran, including in the cities of Karaj, Tehran, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Saghez, Mahabad and Marivan.

39 of these prisoners have received the death sentence on charges such as Moharebeh (Enmity against God) and Mofased-al-Felarz (The agent of corruption on earth).

Following is the list of 39 Kurdish Sunni prisoners of conscience under the death sentence:

1. Ahmad Nasiri, incarcerated in Sanandaj prison

2. Edris Nemati, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

3. Farzad Honarjoo, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

4. Taymour Naderizadeh, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

5. Farzad Shahnazari, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

6. Arash Sharifi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

7. Shahram Ahmadi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

8. Varia Ghaderifard, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

9. Varia Mohamadi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

10. Farshid Nazeri, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

11. Abdolrahman Sangali, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

12. Kaveh Vaisi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

13. Farzad Nasrollahzadeh, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

14. Hekmat Nasri, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

15. Kayvan Momenifard, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

16. Edris Mohamadi, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

17. Omid Shahmoradi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

18. Ali Mojahedi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

19. Amjad Salehi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

20. Bahman Rahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

21. Mokhtar Rahimi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

22. Yavar Rahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

23. Mohamad Gharibi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

24. Omid Payvand, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

25. Faod Yousefi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

26. Kayvan Karimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

27. Taleb Maleki, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

28. Behrouz shahnazari, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

29. Jahangir Dehghani, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

30. Jamshid Dehgani, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

31. Kamal Malaei, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

32. Hamed Ahmadi, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

33. Shahoo Ebrahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei shahr prison

34. Hamzeh Omri, incarcerated in Rejaei shahr prison

35. Kaveh Sharifi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

36. Alem Barmasheghi, incarcerated in the Sanandaj central prison

37. Jamal Sayed Mousa, incarcerated in the Sanandaj central prison

38. Bahir Shahnazar, incarcerated in Sanandaj Intelligence Ministry
detention center.

39. Loghman Amiri, ncarcerated in Sanandaj Intelligence Ministry
detention center.

Also, Sedigh Mohamadi and Sayed Haadi Hooseini’s death sentences were recently overturned by the Supreme Court and they are awaiting a retrial in the lower court at this time.

Source: HRANA


Afshin Osanlo’s Sister: We Are In A Shock Over My Brother’s Death

On Thursday June 20, incarcerated labor activist Afshin Osanlo was taken to a hospital after he suffered a heart attack in Rejaei Shahr prison . Unfortunately he did not survive his heart attack.

Director of Tehran’s prisons in an interview with ISNA confirmed Afshin Osanlo’s death and said, Osanlo was arrested in 2010 and was to be released next February but, unfortunately he died due of a heart attack at Shahid Rejaei’s hospital in Karaj.

Several other political prisoners have lost their lives in the past in the prison system due to harsh prison conditions and negligence of prison officials.

Afshin Osanlo’s mother, Fatemeh Galgari had previously told Jaras that, “Afshin had not committed any crime, he was just a bus driver and only had voiced complaints about the poor economic situation of the workers. I hope that those who follow human rights issues will pay attention to the situation of political prisoners and the release the innocent political prisoners.”

Afshin Ossanlu was the brother of former political prisoner Mansour Osalo, the founder of the Vahed Syndicate (bus drivers union).

Afshin Osanlo was tried and convicted by Judge Salavti and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on charges of “assembly and collusion” based on passengers’ testimony and for holding a passport. His sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court.

Afshin’s brother Mansour Osanlo wrote on his Facebook: “They arrested Afshin in the sleeping quarters of the drivers for the South Terminal. They took him to the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Shahr-e-Ray, and, after coordinating with the Intelligence agents at Evin, they transported him to Ward 209. There, he was under the most severe tortures in order to force a confession from him against the union and union activities.

Confessions such as: evidence in cooperation with political organizations and trade union actions, and even supplying illegal arms to trade unions with plans of bombings together with political groups opposing the Islamic Republic. All of which were lies and false accusations and, because he refused to cooperate, they put him under harsher pressures.”

Afshin Osanlo was arrested in the fall of 2010 and was incarcerated for four months in Ward 209 of Evin prison under severe torture, and the injuries he suffered under torture were still evident on his body prior to his death. Repeated blows to his body with a cable had caused a tear in his foot and a tumor in his scapula.

“Jaras” conducted an interview with Osanlo’s sister after the news of his death was published. This interview was conducted while the sound of Afshin’s mother wailing and screaming could be heard in the background.

Following is the interview with Mrs. Osanlo:

Mrs. Osanlo ,with our condolences, would you please tell us the circumstances of your brother’s death.

We’re just in a shock, we still can’t believe it, we heard about it through friends.

After you heard the news did you go to the hospital or the prison?

Yes, today I went to Rejaei Shahr (prison) to find out if the news is true. They told me to go to court and get a permission to see Afshin’s body.

After that I went to the nurse, she said Afshin was moved to Rejai Hospital Thursday eight o’clock at night, but he had already passed away.

You mean he died in prison?

I wanted to know that also, and I questioned them about the cause of my brother’s death. They said he was dead on arrival but because he was young they were hopeful and tried to resuscitate him for an hour to no avail.

What was the cause of death?

They said a heart attack.

Today is Saturday, have any of the prison officials contacted you since Thursday to give you the news of his death?

No, Afshin has been dead for two days but no one was willing to contact us.

Were you able to see his body?

Yes…..(she then started to cry), we just can’t believe that Afshin is gone, he was healthy, very healty.

When was the last time you had a visit with Afshin?

Last week my mother had a face to face meeting with him, he was fine and even hopeful that he might be able to obtain permission for a furlough.

How long had he been incarcerated and how long since he had been on a furlough?

He was under a five year sentence, and he had been in prison for three and a half years. We were happy that he only had about a year and some months left from his sentence. We had no idea that he would lose his life in prison. He had not committed any crime and was innocent and was unjustly incarcerated.

What are the conditions of Rejaei Shahr?

He was in Rejaei Shahr for 3 1/2 years, needless to say that everyone knows the conditions of Rejaei Shahr. My mother has been ill and we were occupied with many things.

Three and a half years in prison, under harsh conditions, may be easy to talk about but unless one has been there and experienced the situation, one can not comprehend the hardships these prisoners endure.

I only have to say that none of the prison officials respected or valued his family enough to contact us and give us the news of his death. What else can I say? I am not feeling well, I can’t talk anymore.

Source: Jaras

Tension At Evin, Political Prisoners Protested By Chanting And Singing Anthems

The situation became tense, and the prison guards were put on high alert at the door of ward 350, with the political prisoners becoming upset and protesting the transfer of Mostafa Nili to Rejaei Shahr prison by chanting and singing anthems.

As Nili was saying farewell to his cellmates and leaving the Ward he proclaimed that he will launch an open-ended hunger strike upon his illegal transfer.

At the same time, it has been reported that attorney Mohamad Saiefzadeh was suddenly and without prior notice also transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison.

Mostafa Nili, a Green Movement activist was serving his three and a half year sentence in Ward 350, and attorney and human rights activist Mohamad Saiefzadeh who also was imprisoned in this same ward, were suddenly transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison on Tuesday.

Transfer of Saiefzadeh was without prior notice and in fact involved deception. They initially took him to ward 209 and then returned him back to ward 350. They then told him the doctor was now at the clinic and ready for visit, and told him to go there. But not only he did not return from that visit, he was not even permitted to return to the Ward to collect his personal items.

But Mostafa Nili had been informed of his exile (To Rejaei Shahr prison), although without any legal justification.

The announcement of Mostafa Nili’s exile caused a widespread protest in Ward 350 that lasted about seven hours accompanied by the prisoners chants of “Down with the Dictator”, “Down with the Oppressor, whether it be a king or Leader”, Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”, “Political prisoners ready for martyrdom; disgrace is better than a life in misery”.

They also sang the anthems, “Ey Iran”, “Sar omad zemeston (the winter has gone)”, “My schoolmate” and “The morning bird”.

Mostafa Nili insisted that he will not accept this illegal exile and said unless he is shown a Judiciary order, he refuses to go anywhere other then the pre-designated area for serving his sentence.

In the wake of the protests, six people representing the prisoners were sent to talk with the Evin officials.

Based on the evidence and documents presented, it was found that Nili’s name, with the charge of “Assembly and Collusion”, was on a list among nineteen names of inmates to be exiled to Rejaei Shahr prison.

All the others on the list (who were convicted of theft, murder, and rape) were to be transferred to Rejaei Shahr, on the order of the Judge holding jurisdiction over Evin prison, based on classification of inmates according to crimes committed.

Based on this document, Mostafa Nili accepted the transfer to Rejaei Shahr, in order to put an end to the tension in the Ward.

But Ward 350 political prisoners still believe that this transfer is illegal, and the exile of this political prisoner who was incarcerated in Evin among the other political prisoners, is only due to the Intelligence Ministry’s order for the purpose of putting pressure on this political activist.

The documents that the prison officials showed to the protesting prisoners were signed by Evin’s Warden and on the order of Judge Nasirpour, the judge overseeing the execution of verdicts at Evin.

Ward 350 political prisoners still believe that the exile of any prisoner must be by either a Judiciary order or determined by the Commission overseeing the violations of rules at Evin prison.

The attorneys and the jurists that are imprisoned in Ward 350 all consider the move illegal. They say exile of a prisoner serving his/her sentence requires a court order and that an order by the assistant district attorney is illegal.

Mostafa Nili was arrested `December of 2009, snd h He has been in prison since July 2010. Nili’s insistence on reciting Green Movement slogans when prisoners are released from Ward 350 has caused the prison officials to threaten him with exile and pressing of new charges many times.

It has been reported that his exile was requested by the Intelligence Ministry and after a report made by an informant prisoner placed in the Ward by the Intelligence Ministry. A report that stated Nili was the leader in all of the reciting of slogans by the political prisoners during protests.

Since the presence of the representative of the Ministry of intelligence (Ward 209) in Ward 350 of Evin prison, a few prisoners that convicted of espionage and of providing the country’s secrets to foreign entities, are now recruited by the Intelligence Ministry to provide a daily report of the activities of the prisoners to the representative of Ward 209 that is stationed in Ward 350.

Mostafa Nili, a Ghazvin International university student activist from 2002 to 2004, was the managing editor of the Mehr publication which was banned from publishing on charges of insulting the Leader and it’s managing editor was ordered dismissed.

Nili was a member of the “Free Citizens” headquarter of Mehdi Karoubi’s presidential campaign of 2009. He was incarcerated for forty days on a temporary detention order prior to the start of serving his sentence.

Reports indicate that Nili, prior to his departure from Evin, chanted Green Movement slogans and indicated that he will launch a hunger strike to protest to this illegal transfer . Nili also said that he will hold the Leader, the Judiciary, and the law-breaking prison officials responsible for any harm that comes to him.

He also told his cellmated that “It seems that December 25, the day I was arrested in 2009 is to always be a milestones in my life.”

As he was saying farewell to his cellmates, he sang a Green Movement anthem written by an election 2009 results protester and called on all the prisoners and activists to remain united until the realization of the Green Movement objectives and until liberty is achieved.

Streets roared and became one with the people
Old chocked tears found a way out, and manifested as smiles on our lips
A celebration of roars held in our throats
The malevolent rain of silence, slowly poured and lonely it became
A clamorous heart filled with worries, the ground filled with imprecations
Even God has closed his eyes, he no longer sees us
The alleys are trampled and bruised by strikes of bats and batons
The window’s gaze is moist, not sorrowful nor is it calm
As though we have been born among the dance of death and blood
You are always an inspiration
Now, my hands in your hands, we were lost among the streets
One was “me”, and there were “us”, the streets became ours
The sound of gunfire, the color of blood, and the scream of a dying breath
All bring the sense of being in my vanes
The tree of uproar blossomed, despite the darkness around
The proud night, the bed of blood, death must be near
Look at the darkness, see how afraid of your thoughts it has become
Stars glistening in your eyes, the vow of the sun contained in your blood

Source: Kalameh

Incarcerated Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian: Over 1,100 Individuals On Death Row In Rejaei Shahr

Incarcerated journalist, Mehdi Mahmoudian has written a report on the situation of the death-row prisoners in Rejaei Shahr prison.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, a member of the Participation Front Party and the Society for the Defense of Prisoners Rights had exposed horrific and deadly conditions in the now closed Kahrizak prison. He had also reported on post-2009 presidential election events. He is serving a five year sentence in Rejaei Shahr on charges of collusion with intent to act against the national security.

Following is a translation of Mahmoudian’s report on the death-row prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison as provided to Kalameh:

After sixteen years he was able to embrace a child. After years of battling heart disease, he was finally sent to a hospital for an open heart surgery.

I went to visit him in his cell. I was waiting for him to tell me about his difficult surgery and the suffering and agony he endured during thirty days of hospitalization handcuffed and shackled. But, with an indescribable joy, he talks about embracing a child. He said that after 7 years he saw a car up close. And how very sad he said, “I thank God that before I die I was able to see a tree up close again.”

For more than eight years now, every Tuesday he awaits to be called for execution. Many years ago in a dream he saw that he will be hanged on a Tuesday.

Although more than seven years have passed since his death sentence was upheld, but he has lived with this nightmare for all these years.

After three years of imprisonment in Iraq and Jordan, on July 31, 1999 he was handed over to Iran by the UN and subsequently was sentenced to death for the crime of hijacking an airplane.

He was transferred to solitary confinement for the first time in 2003, but for reasons not known the implementation of his sentence has been delayed. Now with over 60 years of age, and up to nearly 9 years, he has been awaiting death and the gallows.

The death penalty has always been a controversial human rights issue. More than 160 countries have abolished the death penalty in their penal code. However, in Iran and 41 other countries the death penalty remains in the penal code. And unfortunately Iran, proportionate to its population, with a large difference, places at the top with the highest number of executions.

What is most disturbing is the lack of fair and just procedures and trials for those sentenced to death. Especially those sentenced to death by the state, convicted on political, security and narcotics charges. They are often denied a defense attorney of their choice (they have to use court appointed lawyers), denied review of their case file prior to trial, and are deprived of fair and just trials.

In cases involving Ghesas (retribution – In the Islamic Republic’s Penal Code, Ghesas is a death sentence that can be overturned by a pardon from the immediate family of the murdered.), the influence of the plaintiff and/or the defendant has a large impact on the type and speed of implementation of the sentence.

Here is Rejaei Shahr,

Despite having been built with a capacity of less then a thousand, it currently holds approximately five thousand inmates. This is unbelievable but is true. More than 1100 of them are under the death sentence.

Today, October 23rd that I am writing this report, there are 1117 death row inmates, of which 734 are sentenced to Ghesas and the other 383 are sentenced to death, 14 of those are convicted on political and security charges.

There are nearly one thousand inmates with life sentences and/or sentenced to over 20 years imprisonment. Many of these people were initially sentenced to death and had experienced the torments and tortures of being under a death sentence prior to their death sentence being overturned.

I will leave the human rights and social discussions of the positive or negative effects of executions to the experts and for another time. But more painful and more inhumane than execution itself is the years of suffering and pain the individuals endure while awaiting an execution.

Regarding those convicted of Ghesas, there is another matter that adds to their agony while awaiting execution. They are those who, often in a moment of anger during a fight, commit a murder. Apart from having to wait their execution for years, from time to time they are called for implementation of their sentence, and, as the procedure requires, the individual is placed in solitary confinement 24 hours prior to being taken to the gallows. But, for various reasons, they are given a stay of execution and are returned to their cell.

This can occur two, three, four even ten times. Prior to my imprisonment, I was pursuing the case of one of these individuals and was trying to obtain an overturn of his sentence. After his execution was postponed several times, in a phone call he told me, “For God sake let them execute me. I have committed murder one time but have been taken to the gallows thirteen times for execution. This clearly exemplifies torture.”

According to an official data provided by the Judiciary the average time an individual remains on death row prior to implementation of the sentence is five years, meaning that an individual on death row, on average is tortured for five years before execution.

Needless to say, many of these convicts have suffered, and do suffer, these unbearable torments for much longer periods of time. I dare say that five years is the least amount of time that these individuals are tormented awaiting their execution.

There is an office of Mediation Committee in all prisons to help resolve Ghesas cases and obtain pardon from the plaintiff, but in Rejaei Shahr this office has been ordered closed by the Warden for over a year.

Here is Rejaei Shahr,

More than 1,100 people are waiting to see the gallows in front of them. More then 1,100 individuals spend their days and nights with the nightmare of death. They all wish for something very small: To see a tree before they die.

Mehdi Mahmoudian
Rejaei Shahr Prison

Source: Kalameh