Amnesty International Urges Iran to Rescind First Death Sentence Imposed as a Result of Presidential Protests

Published October 14th, 2009 - 12:53 GMT

Amnesty International today urged Iran
to rescind a death sentence imposed on Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, the first person to
be sentenced to death for protesting the disputed June presidential election. The
human rights organization said it fears Zamani's death sentence will pave the way
for more death sentences against others involved in the protests.

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Zamani, 37, was sentenced to death by a Tehran Revolutionary Court on Thursday after
his conviction on a string of charges including "enmity against God," "gathering and
colluding with intent to harm national internal security," "propaganda against the
system," 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 Executive
Director Larry Cox. "To impose the death sentence is beyond deplorable. Iran should
immediately rescind this sentence."

He is among more than 100 people currently on trial before a Tehran Revolutionary
Court stemming from the protests following the June 12 presidential election.
Amnesty International fears that Zamani's death sentence will pave the way for more
death sentences against those being tried on similar offenses.

At least 13 other individuals are currently at risk of being executed in Iran, ahead
of World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10. The observances included a
gathering at the Swedish embassy in Washington DC of ambassadors of the nations of
the European Union (EU) who called on all nations to abolish the death penalty.

Amnesty International continues to urge the Iranian authorities to impose an
immediate and comprehensive moratorium on executions, as a first step toward ending
the use of this punishment.


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