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Iran determined to Execute Political Prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi Tomorrow After 13 years of Incarceration

The political prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, 49, from the city of Abadan is now facing imminent execution. He was recently transferred to the special section in Gohardasht Prison, designed to prisoners on death row. A few hours ago, Mr khosravi’s family have been asked to visit him at the prison where they were informed by the prison’s authorities that Gholamreza will be executed at dawn tomorrow.

Mr. Khosravi, father of a son, was condemned to death on the charge of “Moharebeh” (enmity towards God) on April 21, 2012 only for a little contribution he made to a Resistance TV channel. This term is widely used for the opponents of the religious regime in Iran.

In a statement issued in Paris, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)  while warning on the imminent execution of Mr. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani  has appealed “the international community, especially the European Union, the U.S. government, the UN Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, pertinent UN Rapporteurs, and all organizations that defend human rights and freedom of expression, to take immediate and effective measures to prevent his execution.”

There has been a widespread international campaign and urgent appeals by humanitarian organization and personalities to save the life of this political prisoner. Iranian human rights activists and orgainsations are strongly urging people to join their cause in order to reach out to relevant authorities and international humanitarian bodies to prevent the imminent death sentence due to be carried out tomorrow morning on this political prisoner.

During 1980s, as a 16 year old political prisoner, he spent five years in Kazeroun prison for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

He was again arrested in 2007 and without having least fair legal process condemned to six years in prison. After serving four years of his prison sentence, the mullahs’ judiciary charged him with Moharebeh and sentenced him to death for making financial contribution to the PMOI (MEK).

Mother of political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi, who is facing imminent execution, has sent a letter to UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ahmad Shahid pleading to save her son’s life. 

In her letter Mrs. Baygom Yadi, gives a detailed account of the turmoil her son has faced in prison. The 71 year old mother explains how he was sentenced to the death penalty after authorities found out he had made a small donation to Simaye-Azadi, an iranian oppostion tv channel based in Europe. He had been held in solitary confinement for over 1200 days until late this afternoon when authorities permitted his family to visit him sparking outrage from his mother.

“This is shocking & appalling news” explains his mother

“my life depends on him, I ask you to return him to me and his family. He has a wife and a 17 year old son. Please save his life” said Mrs.Yadi in her letter.

 During the savage April 17 attack on Section (Ward) 350 of Evin Prison, Mr. Gholamreza Khosravi was severely beaten and sustained grave injuries. He was taken to the solitary confinements in Ward 240 as his body was bruised and drenched in blood due head and face and outer right ear injury. According to the eye witnesses the henchmen specifically battered him with spite and brutality in this attack.

Despite his deteriorating health, he joined a hunger strike along with other prisoners who had been transferred to solitary confinement. This hunger strike lasted till they were returned to Ward 350 after 23 days.

The Evin authorities prevented the least medical treatment to Mr. Gholamreza Khosravi despite his many sicknesses, severe injury, and dire condition. One of the high ranking mercenaries from the Intelligence Ministry with pseudonym Alavi had threatened Mr. Khosravi that he would soon implement his death sentence. He had also threatened the relatives of this political prisoner that if they met with foreign delegations, they would be arrested and would face heavy sentences.

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