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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One of the Oldest Political Prisoners Sentenced to Death

One of the Oldest Political Prisoners Sentenced to Death

According to reports from Human Rights Activists and Democracy in Iran, political prisoner Ali Saremi was sentenced to death for his participating in protests on the 19th anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in 1987.

On Tuesday December 29th ( 8 Dey) political prisoner Ali Saremi 62, after spending 28 months in detention and after numerous postponed court dates by the judge appointed by the Supreme Leader, received the death sentence by the court messenger.

Political prisoner Ali Saremi was arrested on September 5, 2007 (14 shahrivar 1386) after participating in the 19th anniversary of mass killings of political prisoners. He was attacked by the regime’s intelligence service forces and was arrested by a man nicknamed Alavi who is the prosecutor and torturer at Evin prison section 209. Ali Saremi was sent to solitary confinement. Mr. Saremi spent seven months in section 209, then he was sent to section 350 of Evin prison. While he was in section 350, he was tortured and was treated inhumanely, then he was sent back to solitary confinement. He is suffering from multiple injuries and in need of surgery but he has not been treated.

Although Ali Saremi had not been convicted of any real crime, he was still sent to Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. He was summoned to the Revolution Court multiple times and was prosecuted by the judge Salavati. Salavati’s behaviour was vicious and inhumane. Prosecutors from the intelligence service had changed his file, and although he was arrested for participating in protests, now the file shows other reasons such as being part of the Mojahedin group, going to the Ashraf compound to visit his son in Iraq, and being a threat to national security.

Political prisoner Ali Saremi during the past 30 years was arrested four times and has spent more than 20 years in the regime’s prisons.

Human rights activists in Iran condemn Mr. Saremi’s sentence and consider this sentence as a crime to humanity. They are demanding international help from the United Nations and other international organizations to save this political prisoner in Iran.
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, December 30, 2009, has reported the prisoners conditions to:

Commission of Human Rights
Europeans Commission of Human rights
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch

- Nasim, Persian2English

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