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Iran: Warning of imminent execution of 27 political prisoners

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:

1.Kaveh Vaissi

2.Behrouz Shanzari

3.Taleb Maleki

4.Shahram Ahmadi

5.Kaveh Sharifei

6.Arash Sharife

7.Varia Qaderi-fard

8.Kayvan Momeni-fard

9.Barzan Nasrollah-zadeh

10.Alem Barmashti

11.Pouria Mohammadi

12.Ahmad Nasseiri

13.Edris Nemati

14.Farzad Honarjou

15.Seyyed Shahoo Ebrahimi

16.Mohammad Yavar Rahimi

17.Bahman Rahimi

18.Mokhtar Rahimi

19.Mohammad Gharibie

20.Farshid Nasseri

21.Mohammad Kaivan Karimi

22.Amjad Salehi

23.Omid Payvand

24.Ali Mojahedi

25.Hekmat Shareifi

26.Omar Abdollahi

27.Omid Mahmoudi

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