Iran-HRM – Iran’s supreme court has upheld a death sentence given to a Kurdish political prisoner for providing a dissident party with food and shelter. Hedayat Abdollahpour, who maintains his innocence, has lost the final stage of his appeal against the sentence.
The verdict has been announced to his lawyer and family.
Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, the political prisoner’s lawyer has confirmed the news.
Hedayat Abdollahpour was first arrested on June 15, 2016, along with six other people. They were charged with providing the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) with food and shelter. However, their relatives refuted the accusations and claimed that the Revolutionary Guards makes up these accusations to intimidate local Kurds.
In 2016, Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to death for the first time, and the other co-respondents were sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia.
Abdollahpour was physically and mentally tortured while in custody, according to his father, Abubakr Abdollahpour.
He’s been under torture the whole time, but he is innocent. Our son never collaborated with the democrat party,” he said.
On January 18, 2018, Hedayat Abdollapour was for the second time sentenced to death by Urmia Revolutionary Court on charge of “cooperation with a Kurdish opposition party.”