Amnesty International today urged Iranto rescind a death sentence imposed on Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, the first person tobe sentenced to death for protesting the disputed June presidential election. Thehuman rights organization said it fears Zamani's death sentence will pave the wayfor more death sentences against others involved in the protests.
Zamani, 37, was sentenced to death by a Tehran Revolutionary Court on Thursday afterhis conviction on a string of charges including "enmity against God," "gathering andcolluding with intent to harm national internal security," "propaganda against thesystem," and leaving the country illegally, allegedly to meet in Iraq with U.S.military officials.
"Zamani's trial was a mockery of justice," said Amnesty International USA ExecutiveDirector Larry Cox. "To impose the death sentence is beyond deplorable. Iran shouldimmediately rescind this sentence."
He is among more than 100 people currently on trial before a Tehran RevolutionaryCourt stemming from the protests following the June 12 presidential election.Amnesty International fears that Zamani's death sentence will pave the way for moredeath sentences against those being tried on similar offenses.
At least 13 other individuals are currently at risk of being executed in Iran, aheadof World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10. The observances included agathering at the Swedish embassy in Washington DC of ambassadors of the nations ofthe European Union (EU) who called on all nations to abolish the death penalty.
Amnesty International continues to urge the Iranian authorities to impose animmediate and comprehensive moratorium on executions, as a first step toward endingthe use of this punishment.