Rights groups plead for clemency ahead of execution in Iran

Human rights organizations appealed to Iranian authorities Saturday to call off the next day’s scheduled execution of a Kurdish-Iranian law student charged with moharebeh — which translates to “enmity against God” — and other security-related crimes.

“We are urgently appealing to the Iranian authorities to show clemency, halt the imminent execution of Habibollah Latifi, and commute his death sentence,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Latifi is one of at least 16 Kurds facing execution on various national security-related charges, including moharebeh, according to published reports.


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