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Kurdish Prisoner Faces Imminent Execution in Iran

January 22, 2024
1 min read
On January 21, Farhad Salimi’s relatives traveled from Saqqez, in western Kurdistan province, to Ghezelhesar prison in Karaj, near Tehran, to visit their loved ones
On January 21, Farhad Salimi’s relatives traveled from Saqqez, in western Kurdistan province, to Ghezelhesar prison in Karaj, near Tehran, to visit their loved ones

The Islamic Republic's security and judicial institutions have summoned the family of a Kurdish prisoner on death row to meet him, raising concerns about his imminent execution, IranWire reports. 

On January 21, Farhad Salimi’s relatives traveled from Saqqez, in western Kurdistan province, to Ghezelhesar prison in Karaj, near Tehran, to visit their loved ones.

Salimi, who has been incarcerated for 14 years, was transferred to the solitary cell of prison at the weekend.

In the past two months, the authorities executed three men sentenced to death in the same case – Davoud Abdollahi, Ghasem Abesteh and Ayoub Karimi.

Besides Salimi, three other convicts in the case – Anwar Khezri, Kamran Sheikheh and Khosrow Basharat – are said to be at grave risk of execution in Ghezelhesar prison amid a spike in executions in the country.

The seven men were arrested in December 2009 and January 2010 in West Azerbaijan province and accused of membership in “Salafist groups” – a charge they denied. 

They were convicted of “corruption on Earth” and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran in 2018.

In 2020, the Supreme Court upheld their convictions and death sentences, and rejected their request for retrial.

The presiding judge had barred the defendants’ lawyer from speaking at the trial. 

Khezri, Basharat and Salimi wrote in open letters that were extracted “confessions” through torture, including repeated beatings, suspension from the ceiling, mock executions and sleep deprivation.

At least 746 people were executed in Iran last year, according to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights group.

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