Amnesty International; Iranian authorities must overturn the dearh sentence of Mahyadin Ebrahimi

Amnesty International called for the death sentence of Mahyadin Ebrahimi, a political prisoner jailed in Urmia Prison, to be overturned.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Amnesty International considered the trial of Mahyadin Ebrahimi, a Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to death, grossly unfair and called the trial to be carried out without resorting to the death penalty.

The death sentence of Mahyadin Ebrahimi (Mahyadin Mullah Ebrahimi Alkabadi), a political prisoner imprisoned in Urmia Prison, was upheld by Branch 19 of the Supreme Court in August 2020.

According to a verdict previously announced to this Kurdish citizen incarcerated in Urmia Prison on Saturday, January 18, 2020, he was sentenced to death for the second time on charges of “armed rebellion (baghi)” by Judge Ali Sheikhlou, the head of the second branch of the Urmia Revolutionary Court.

On September 23, 2018, he was sentenced to death by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, presided over by Judge Ali Sheikhlou, on charges of” collaboration with one of the dissident parties.”

After protesting the verdict issued by the Supreme Court, this sentence was cancelled and the case was referred to Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia for revision.

Following the protest of this political process, this sentence was referred to Branch 19 of the Supreme Court, due to the “lack of investigation” and the sentence was reversed. The sentence was aging referred to Branch 2 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court, which sentenced him to death for the second time on charges of “armed rebellion (baghi).”

Mahyadin Ebrahimi was arrested on November 3, 2017, for possession of alcoholic drinks, after being shot directly by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces stationed at the Oshnavieh (Bimzortah) border checkpoint on the Iran-Iraq border, while severely wounded in a shooting, and a wireless telephone was discovered with him.

Being wounded by three bullets during his arrest, Mahyadin Ebrahimi spent a long time in the prison dispensary, and was transferred to Urmia Prison in September 2018.

This political prisoner was taken to a hospital in Urmia after being injured and was relocated to the Seyyed al-Shohada Corps Intelligence Detention Center in Urmia without completing his treatment. He was interrogated and beaten there on charges of “collaboration and membership in one of the Kurdish anti-regime parties,” according to some human rights websites.

This prisoner was also arrested on the mentioned charges in 2014, and due to the lack of substantiated evidence, the case was closed and he was released after a month.

Mr. Ebrahimi had previously been arrested by security forces in 2010 on charges of” collaborating with an opposition party,” and was acquitted of the charges after 11 months of temporary detention in Urmia Prison and released from there.

Mahyadin Mullah Ebrahimi Alkabadi, 44, is the son of Mohammad and a resident of the village of Alkawi in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran. He is currently held in political ward of Urmia Prison.

It is worth mentioning that Noureddin Ebrahimi, the brother of this political prisoner sentenced to death, was shot to death by Law Enforcement officers in the Shabtan border area in May 2017, while border portering.

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