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Iran’s Supreme Court Upheld Death Sentence for Kurdish Political Prisoner

11 Oct
Iran’s Supreme Court Upheld Death Sentence for Kurdish Political Prisoner

Iran Human rights; October 10, 2018: Hedayat Abdollahpour’s death sentence was approved by Iran’s Supreme Court a few days ago. He was sentenced to death on the charge of providing shelter and food for a Kurdish dissident party.

In an interview with IHR, Hedayat’s father, Abubakr Abdollahpour, said: “his death sentence was approved by branch 47 of the Supreme Court last Saturday, October 6, 2018.”

It should be noted that there was an armed conflict between the members of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Islamic Revolutionary guards in Oshnaviyeh on June 14, 2016.  A day after the conflict, Hedayat was arrested along with six other people. They were charged with providing the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) with food and shelter. However, their relatives refuted the accusations and claimed that the Revolutionary Guards makes up these accusations to intimidate local Kurds.
Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to death on the charge of rebellion due to a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the verdict of Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia. The verdict was rejected by Branch 47 the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to death again by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia and his case was once again referred to Branch 47 of the Supreme Court. Since the court upheld the execution verdict, Hedayat’s life is in imminent danger.
“During the time Hedayat has been in custody in the Ministry of Intelligence in Urmia, he lost his hearing in one ear under torture, and he has been hurt physically and mentally. He’s been under torture the whole time, but he is innocent. Our son never collaborated with the democrat party,” told Hedayat’s father during a previous interview with Iran Human Rights (IHR).