Post-Election Protester’s Death Sentence Upheld

A post-election protester’s death sentence has been upheld in an appeals court in Tehran, according to his lawyer. Jafar Kazemi’s lawyer, Nasim Ghanavi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her client’s sentence has been upheld and that Branch 31 of the Supreme Court has also turned down a re-trial request. Branch 36 of the Tehran Province Appeals Courts, presided by Judge Zargar, issued the ruling.

Jafar Kazemi, 46, a lithographer of textbooks at Amir Kabir University Press, was arrested on September 18, 2009 in Tehran. He was transferred to a solitary cell inside Ward 209 of Evin Prison where he remained for 74 days before being transferred to Ward 350 of Evin Prison.

“Jafar Kazemi is accused of moharebeh, enmity with God, through his alleged support for the Mojahedin-E Khalgh Organization (MEK), even though he has not accepted these charges during any of his interrogation sessions,” said Ghanavi about her client’s charges.


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