Abdolreza Ghanbari, Another Ashura Day Protester Receives the Death Sentence

Abdolreza Ghanbari, accused of heretics (moharebeh) for participation in Ashura Day protests, has been sentenced to death by Judge Salavati. International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has been informed that Ghanbari did not have access to a fair trial and has not had the possibility to select and talk to an attorney in compiling his defense.

Following a meeting with Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani in Qom on Monday, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said that verdicts of six Ashura Day suspects have been issued and the sentences are under appeal. Earlier, the Prosecutor’s Office had announced that it had requested death sentences for eleven individuals arrested on Ashura Day. Tehran Prosecutor has also said that the Judiciary has only tried members of “anti-revolutionary groups and organizations,” and has released individuals “remorseful” about their actions. No details were published of such relations.

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran asks the Iranian Judiciary authorities to provide conditions for a fair trial such as free access to a selected attorney for individuals such as Abdolreza Ghanbari, and to refrain from rushing suspects whose charges have no reasonable relation to their sentences to the noose. Considering the irreversibility of death sentences, and serious speculation about the political nature of many of the sentences issued after the June 12, 2009 elections, the Iranian Judiciary’s enthusiasm for issuing moha… >>>

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