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Monday, February 1, 2010

Human Rights Report: Purpose of False Confessions is to Execute Prisoners Later

Human Rights Report: Purpose of False Confessions is to Execute Prisoners Later

According to Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran (HRDAI), the night before the execution of Arash Rahmanipour and Mohamd Reza Ali Zamani, security agents played [a video that aired] their false confessions in an attempt to justify the crime [of executing the two prisoners]. In the video, four other political prisoners under torture were forced to confess.

The four prisoners were arrested late October 2009. Their names are: Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mehdi Saeedi, Abbas Vali Khani, and Borzu Kamrani.

The prisoners have been kept in solitary confinement cells since late October. They have endured physical and mental torture by security agents who had promised to set the prisoners free after their false confessions and a payment of $30,000 USD.

According to reports, the agents forced the prisoners to practice their false confessions. They were made to concentrate on each word and be conscious of their facial expressions while uttering them. To make the confessions look as natural as possible, the agents applied makeup to the prisoners.

The purpose of the false confessions is to create a reason to accuse political prisoners of Moharebeh (waging war against God) so they can be executed later. The purpose of the executions is to create fear among Iran’s civil society.

HRDAI had condemned the executions and sent a request to the [UN] High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international organizations to urge an immediate meeting with the United Nation’s security committee to reach a decision on the termination of the inhumane crimes taking place in Iran .

HRDAI sent the report to the following organizations on January 29, 2010:

The [UN] High Commissioner for Human Rights
The European Commission on Human Rights
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
Summary Translation by: Banoo Sabz

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