Monday , 18 October 2021

Iran’s judiciary sentences political prisoner Hossein Kheiri to death

Iran-HRM – Iran’s judiciary has sentenced political prisoner Hossein Kheiri to death.

political prisoner Hossein Kheiri

Babak Paknia, the lawyer of the political prisoner Hossein Kheiri, described the latest developments in the case of four people accused of “moharebeh” for “destroying people’s property in order to oppose the regime” and said that three of them have been acquitted of the charges while Mr. Kheiri has been sentenced to death.

In an interview with Emtada news website on Wednesday, Babak Paknia who also represented executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari, said there were eight citizens in the case, and four were charged of “moharabeh”. The other four were acquitted. The other three were charged with other punishment by Hossein was given a death sentence.

“An indictment was issued by the Security Court (Evin) against eight people, four of whom were declared as ‘Mohareb’, and the rest were wanted on charges of ‘assembly and collusion against national security’.”

Political prisoner Hossein Kheiri has been charged with waging war against God or “Moharabeh” and “destruction of the people’s belongings to oppose the state.”

Moharebeh” or waging war against God is a vague term used against dissidents and anyone else who threatens the regime’s “security”.

Political prisoner Hossein Kheiri is one of thousands arrested during the November 2019 nationwide protests, when security forces shot and killed hundreds in the streets. Many other detained protesters received the death sentence, and some have been executed.

Iran is second only to China in absolute numbers of reported executions worldwide and was responsible for more than half in the Middle East and North Africa region.

During Ebrahim Raisi’s two years as judiciary chief (2019-2021) fair trial rights were systematically violated and the death penalty was used as a weapon of political repression.

In the past two years the regime arrested thousands of protesters and sent them to prisons, where they were subjected to brutal torture. Raisi’s judiciary executed several political prisoners, including Navid Afkari and Mostafa Salehi. Many others, such as Behnam Mahjoubi, have died under torture in prisons.

Many protesters have received the death sentence and are on death row. There are also multiple cases of torture of political prisoners and those detained during protests.