The reports indicate that on April 30, Shojaei, the head of Ward 4 of Gohardasht, went to Hall 10 of this ward where Sunni prisoners are kept and announced that the death sentences of all 27 have been approved and have been sent to the implementation office, markedly increasing the chance of their execution.
These Sunni prisoners have been condemned to death by the judiciary on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity with God).
Most of these prisoners were arrested in the years 2009 to 2011 in Kurdistan (western Iran) by the intelligence agents. They were kept in solitary confinement under physical and psychological tortures for several months prior to their trail with no lawyers or contacts with their families. They have been arrested solely on the grounds of their beliefs.
At least one of these 27 prisoners, Barzan Nasrollah-zadeh, was a juvenile at the time of his arrest.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report on Monday which pointed out that in Iran, religious minorities are subject to arrest, torture and even execution “based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused.”
Reports list the 27 prisoners’ names as follows:
15.Seyyed Shahoo Ebrahimi
16.Mohammad Yavar Rahimi
21.Mohammad Kaivan Karimi