Iran Might Have Executed A Kurdish Prisoner In Secret – Amnesty

Iran Might Have Executed A Kurdish Prisoner In Secret - Amnesty
Iran Might Have Executed A Kurdish Prisoner In Secret – Amnesty



Amnesty International (AI) has urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to “urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts” of a Kurdish prisoner who may recently have been secretly executed in the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) custody.


Local authorities told Hedayat Abdollahpour’s family that he was executed secretly.


In its statement on Thursday, June 11, AI said that Abdollahpour was sentenced to death three years ago in “an unfair trial.”


He was transferred to an unknown location from the Orumieh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan province and his family and lawyers have been desperately trying to obtain further information since then, AI said.


Abdollahpour was accused of being a Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran member, which he consistently denied. The group is considered a terrorist organization by the Islamic Republic.


“Approximately three weeks ago, a prosecutor told Abdollahpour’s lawyers he was in an IRGC detention facility in Orumieh, though there was no indication he was scheduled for execution,” AI noted.


Meanwhile, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, asserted, “If Hedayat Abdollahpour has been executed in secret, his body must be returned to his family immediately and an independent investigation must be conducted into the circumstances surrounding his unlawful execution.”


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According to Diana Eltahawy, “The fact that the Iranian authorities are playing these cruel games with Hedayat Abdollahpour’s family further demonstrates their contempt for human life. By refusing to reveal the truth, they are deliberately causing untold mental anguish and distress to his loved ones.” The Islamic Republic law requires the authorities to inform lawyers of the scheduled execution 48 hours in advance and grant relatives the last visit. To date, Abdollahpour’s lawyers have not been notified of his execution. 
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