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Three family members sentenced to death

22 Apr 2010

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that three family members and two of their close friends have been sentenced to death. The Campaign states that their “politicized” and “unfair trial” based on “weak evidence” “reveals a continuing program of punishing post-election protesters and intimidating the population.”
According to the human rights organization, Motahareh Bahrami, her husband Mohsen Daneshpour and their son Ahmad, along with their close friends Reyhaneh HajEbrahimi and Hadi Ghaemi are the five people who have been sentenced to death. The five cases are based on allegations that the defendants sent videos and pictures to the dissident group (operating in exile) ‘People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran’.
Campaign spokesman Aaron Rhodes declared: “These sentences would be grossly disproportionate even if evidence linked the defendents to the charges, and they demonstrate complete disregard for justice and due process in perversely sending innocent citizens to the gallows. These sentences are aimed at intimidating the protest movement and are a mockery of justice.”
Mohammad Sharif, a prominent human rights lawyer, was able to launch an appeal for Motahareh Bahrami, Rayhaneh HajEbrahim and Hadi Ghaemi which is under review; however, the appeals for Ms. Bahrami’s husband and son were sent to another branch and confirmed before any further action could have been taken by Sharif.
In a similar case, Abdolreza Ghanbari, a 47-year-old teacher is accused of “sending emails to People’s Mojahedin television network outside Iran” and has thus been charged with “Moharebeh” (enmity against God) and sentenced to death. The Campaign was told by several sources that they suspected intelligent agents themselves of making the alleged phone calls and sending emails in order to entrap the defendants. The human rights organization maintained: “Regardless of the origins of emails and phone calls presented as evidence against the defendants, the Campaign strongly condemns the use of such pedestrian communications as the basis of issuing death sentences.”
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran condemns “the issuance of disproportionate sentences on unfounded charges” and expresses deep concern regarding Iranian judiciary’s “lack of accountability and transparency” and “overwhelming influence of the Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence units” in the courts’ decisions.

source: Radio Zamaneh

 
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