Political Prisoner Mohammad Abdollahi Hanged with Five Others

 Thirty-five year old Abdollahi, was a Kurdish political prisoner from Bukan.  He was arrested in March 2011 in Mahabad by the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence unit, and was charged with Moharebeh” (waging war against God). He was sentenced to death. On May 29 he began a hunger strike which lasted 32 days to protest his unjust sentence.

At the same time, five ordinary prisoners were hanged. They were identified as Jahangir Razavi-Zadeh, Kamran Pourfat, Towhid Pour-Mehdi, Amir Azizi and Gabriel Can’ani.

Mr. Razavi-Zadeh’s wife, Parisa Hatami, the mother of a three-year-old child, is at risk of execution.

Following the transfer of Mohammad Abdollahi and the six ordinary inmates to solitary confinement, a number of families who had come for a final visit with their children, staged a protest in front of the prison. They were told, “Do not gather here. We will call you later to come and pick up their bodies.”

MOIS agents also threatened the protesting families that sharing information on the execution would lead to their not being able to get their loved one’s bodies. This was followed by a brutal raid on the rally where a number of families were arrested.

In a statement on Tuesday, Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said,  The mullahs have resorted to a killing spree that has continued for the past few weeks. This clearly indicates further despair and isolation of the regime which has found no solution other than to resorting to further executions and suppression in the face of increasing internal and international crises. This is the very same regime that resorted to the massacre of 30,000 political dissidents, mainly activists of the PMOI (MEK), in 1988. It once again proves that the notion of moderation and reform within this regime is nothing but a total myth.”

The Iranian Resistance called on the United Nations, particularly the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as other international human rights organizations to take urgent action to prevent these executions, when on Monday morning Mohammad Abdollahi was forced out of the prison yard of Ward 12 of Orumiyeh Central Prison and into solitary confinement. The Ministry of Intelligence told his family to come to Orumiyeh Prison for their last visit.  Meanwhile it was learned that six ordinary prisoners of Orumiyeh Central Prison were transferred to solitary confinement, to await execution.  The call went unanswered.

“Indecisiveness by the international community against these criminal executions emboldens the leaders of the regime to continue their crimes. They must be prosecuted and punished for 38 years of killings and crimes against the Iranian people.” said a statement from the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,  issued August 8.