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Iranian Protester At Risk of Execution after “Grossly Unfair Sham Trial”

June 30, 2023
2 min read
Amnesty International has urged Iranian authorities to immediately quash the conviction and death sentence pronounced against Mujahid Korkur, a protester who is said to be at grave risk of execution
Amnesty International has urged Iranian authorities to immediately quash the conviction and death sentence pronounced against Mujahid Korkur, a protester who is said to be at grave risk of execution

Amnesty International has urged Iranian authorities to immediately quash the conviction and death sentence pronounced against Mujahid Korkur, a protester who is said to be at grave risk of execution.

The London-based human rights group said that Korkur’s “grossly unfair sham trial was marred by torture-tainted ‘confessions’ obtained while he was subjected to enforced disappearance.”

In April, the Iranian judiciary announced that a Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, sentenced Korkur to death for “enmity against God,” “corruption on Earth” and “armed rebellion against the state.” His appeal remains pending before the Supreme Court.

Korkur was arrested on December 20, 2022, after the killing of nine-year-old Kian Pirfalak and several other Izeh residents when government forces opened fire on protesters in the south-western city on November 16. During his arrest, Korkur sustained injuries to his knee from live ammunition and his arm from grenade shrapnel.

Officials have labeled the Izeh massacre as a "terrorist" act and attributed it to government opponents. However, Pirfalak's family refuted the claims, saying that government forces had fired a barrage of bullets at the family’s car. Amnesty International said that plainclothes security officials used unlawful lethal force during the protests in Izeh and fatally fired live ammunition at the child.

Authorities subjected Korkur to enforced disappearance, denying his family about his whereabouts, the group said. While in custody, he told his family during brief phone calls that “they [authorities] will kill me,” and said he was in a great deal of pain, including in his injured knee, and in need of healthcare. He also said he believed his jailers were forcibly administering chemical substances on him. 

Korkur’s trial was grossly unfair, with the authorities denying him access to an independently chosen lawyer, according to Amnesty International. His torture-tainted “confessions” were aired by state media in December. 

On June 22, Korkur’s sister was arbitrarily arrested following months of threats for advocating on his behalf.

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