Iranian Political Prisoner Faces Execution
Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against a longtime political prisoner in Iran, making his execution imminent.
Hojjat Zamani, 29 years old, has been imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran since the year 2000 for being a member of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).
Zamani reportedly endured severe torture in Evin Prison, later escaping and fleeing to Turkey. He was arrested however and turned over to agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Zamani was sent back to Iran where Amnesty International reported he was once again subjected to torture.
Reports had surfaced that in the past few months, Zamani was held in the “dangerous prisoners” section of Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran). Last winter, he and a group of other political prisoners went on a hunger strike that lasted several weeks.
Zamani along with two other Mojahedin political prisoners, Jaafar Aghdami and Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, wrote a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on January 24, calling on him to set up a special fact-finding mission to “investigate the plight of families of political prisoners, particularly those whose loved ones were tortured or executed in mullahs’ prisons in the 1980s”.
A prison official only identified as Sheikhan reportedly threatened Zamani by saying that he would face imminent execution unless he recanted his letter and collaborated with the regime, after the smuggled letter was distributed to human rights activists outside Iran.
Zamani’s two brothers, Fallah and Khazal, were executed by the Iranian regime an earlier date.
The Zamani family is among the most respected families in Ilam Province’s Haftchehmeh region. Because of opposition to the clerical regime, the Zamani family has in the past two decades been constantly harassed by the clerical regime. Hojjat’s father, two brothers and uncle have already been executed by the mullahs’ henchmen.
The Iranian Resistance urges the United Nations Secretary General and Human Rights Commission as well as other human rights organizations to spare no effort in saving the life of Mr. Zamani, who has been subjected to the most brutal forms of torture in the past year.
Earlier in the year Hojjat and seven other poitical prisoners endured a hunger strike to protest their placement in with the dangerous criminal section of the prison:
The hunger strike by the prisoners started on January 25 in protest to their confinement in the “dangerous criminals” section. Reports have surfaced that the political prisoners have been faced with assault and intimidation from murderers and other dangerous criminals.
The seven prisoners are Hojjat Zamani, Bina Darab-Zand, Arzhang Davoodi, Valiollah-Feyz Mahdavi, Mehrdad Lohrasbi, Dr. Farzad Hamidi, and Jaafar Iqdami.
Dr. Farzad Hamidi was assaulted inside the prison by a well-known drug dealer who threatened his life, prior to his hunger strike.
He was reportedly transferred to an unknown location within the prison, and his present fate remains unknown.