Kurdish political prisoner executed in IranPublished by International Liberty on June 17, 2015
Kurdish political prisoner Mansour Arvand, was executed secretly in Miandoab Prison on Sunday 14 June. The regime’s officials gave no prior notice to his family.
Mansour Arvand, the 39-year-old wrestler and coach who was a popular sportsman from Mahabad, was arrested in June 2011. He was sentenced to death for “Moharebeh” [enmity with God] and “propaganda against the system and membership of Kurdish Democratic Party” by the regime’s iniquitous courts while he was deprived of choosing a lawyer. During the four years of imprisonment in various detention centres, including the intelligence units of Mahabad and Evin Prison, he underwent the most severe tortures. He was suffering from various illnesses caused by tortures including renal infection. He was executed despite the fact that he had been told that his sentence had been commuted to life in prison.
Mansour Arvand was among the Kurdish political prisoners who staged a hunger strike at Orumieh Central Prison on 20November 2014 in protest to attempts by the mullahs’ intelligence agents to dissolve the political prisoners’ ward and transfer political prisoners to the ordinary prisoners’ ward. This hunger strike lasted over a month.
The international community must unequivocally condemn the escalating trend of executions in Iran, particularly the execution of political prisoners. Instead of turning a blind eye to the atrocities of this regime under the pretext of nuclear negotiations and “moderating” the criminal mullahs, the dossier of Iranian regime leaders must be sent to International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.