‘A vicious act of cruelty by the Iranian authorities’Published by International Liberty on August 27, 2015
Referring to the execution of Kurdish man who was awaiting appeal of his death sentence, Amnesty International called the heinous execution “a vicious act of cruelty by the Iranian authorities”.
Behrouz Alkhani, a 30-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority, was executed early Wednesday morning local time despite the fact that he was awaiting the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal.
According to AI report the authorities also refused to return Behrouz Alkhani’s body to his family.
“Today’s execution of Behrouz Alkhani, who was still waiting for the outcome of a Supreme Court appeal against his sentence, is a vicious act of cruelty by the Iranian authorities and a denigration of both Iranian and international law. It is appalling that they have imposed further pain and suffering on Behrouz Alkhani’s family by refusing to return his body for burial,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“The fact that the authorities have carried out the execution despite the pending appeal against a sentence imposed in a grossly unfair trial and international pleas to halt the execution, shows their utter disregard for justice. His execution is just further proof of the authorities’ determined resolve to continue with a relentless wave of executions which has seen more than 700 put to death in Iran so far this year.”