Iran: No News About the Fate of a Political Prisoner

Iran: No News About the Fate of a Political Prisoner

Published by on December 21, 2016

A family member of a political prisoner, expressing concern about the status of their son after he was transferred to Gohardasht prison, said: “After his mother informed (the media) about the way his son was arrested, she was threatened via a phone call by a security institution that this issue will cause trouble for her son.”

According to a close relative of the family, “Currently the family of political prisoner, Asou Rostami, is extremely concerned about the fate of their son because Asou during a contact with his family said that they threatened him and said ‘we will send you to a place where your previous place (prison cell) seems a hotel for you.’ He was transferred to Gohardasht prison on Saturday November 4 and there is no news about his condition ever since.”

The political prisoner, Asou Rostami, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment on the charges of “Cyberspace (social media) activity and publishing criticising content on human rights situation and executions in Iran, empathy and solidarity with the families of political prisoners and families of prisoners sentenced to death, participating in a rally in defence of Kobani (in Syria), sympathy with the families of the victims of 2009 (uprising) events, connection with human rights activists, assembly and collusion against the regime and insulting the leadership.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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