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    Amnesty's urgent appeal on death sentences

    News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International

    * PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/24/99

    13 September 1999
    Further information on UA 160/99 (MDE 13/15/99, 9 July 1999) and follow-up (MDE 13/16/99, 13 July 1999) - Death Penalty/Unfair Trial IRAN Student Demonstrators

    Four men arrested in the wake of student demonstrations in July 1999 are reported to have been sentenced to death.

    On 12 September 1999, Gholamhossein Rahbarpur, the President of Tehran Revolutionary Court, announced the death sentences in an interview to Jomhuri-ye Eslami newspaper, stating that two of the death sentences have already been approved by the Supreme Court. He did not give the names of those sentenced or any details of the charges or trial proceedings against them.

    He is also reported as saying that a further 45 of those involved in the demonstrations have been sentenced to prison terms and fines based on their "confessions".


    Hundreds of people are believed to have been arrested following student demonstrations which began on 8 July 1999, when a group of students gathered outside university hostels in Tehran in a peaceful protest against the closure of the daily newspaper Salam.

    Among those who remain in detention are Manuchehr Mohammadi, a leading member of the Anjoman-e Daneshjuyan va Daneshamukhtegan Melli (National Association of Students and Graduates).

    In late July 1999, state television broadcast the "confession" of Manuchehr Mohammadi, in which he is reported to have "confessed" to coordinating his activities with a "counter-revolutionary agent", an activity punishable by death in Iran.

    The television also named Gholamreza Mohajeri-Nezhad and Maryam Shansi as leading associates of Manuchehr Mohammadi.

    Four members of the Hezb-e Mellat-e Iran (Iran Nation Party), Khosrow Sayf, Ahmad Namazi, Farzin Mokhbar and Mehran Mir Abdol-Baghi are also believed to remain in detention following their arrests in connection with the demonstrations.


    Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in English or your own language:

    - expressing your grave concern at reports of the death sentences and calling for their immediate commutation;

    - expressing concern that those sentenced may have been tortured in order to extract "confessions", and that the sentences may have been passed following unfair trial proceedings;

    - seeking information about the identity of all those sentenced as well as details of the charges and trial proceedings against them.


    1)Leader of the Islamic Republic
    His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
    The Presidency, Palestine Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection,
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    His Excellency Hojjatoleslam val Moslemin Sayed Mohammad Khatami
    The Presidency, Palestine Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection,
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Telegrams: President Khatami, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Salutation: Your Excellency

    3)Head of Judiciary
    Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahrudi
    Ministry of Justice Park-e Shahr,
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Salutation: Your Excellency


    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    His Excellency Kamal Kharrazi
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
    Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

    Mr Mohammad Hassan Zia'i-Far Secretary,
    Islamic Human Rights Commission
    PO Box 13165-137
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Faxes: + 98 21 204 0541

    and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.


    Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 25 October 1999.

    Amnesty International, International Secretariat,
    1 Easton Street, WC1X 8DJ, London,
    United Kingdom


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