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International Call for Action to Secure Freedom of Political Prisoners in Iran


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Shahab Nadali, a PMOI supporter, and Mamoosta Mohammad Khezrnejad, a Sunni cleric, were sentenced to death

Mehdi and Mohammad Khodakarami were sentenced to 8 and 4 years in prison

International call for action to secure freedom of political prisoners and save those sentenced to execution, urging international fact-finding missions to inspect prisons

Branch 26 of the revolutionary court in Tehran of Ali Khamenei’s regime sentenced Shahab Nadaali Jozani to death on charges of “membership in opposition groups” and “collaboration and armed cooperation with the PMOI (People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran).” Shahab Nadaali, a 42-year-old worker from Hamedan and father of a 12-year-old daughter, was arrested in June 2023 in the same city and later transferred to Evin Prison.

On the other hand, the life of Mohammad Javad Vafaei Sani, a 28-year-old supporter of the PMOI and a prisoner of the 2019 uprising, is in danger after being previously sentenced to death by the regime’s revolutionary court in Mashhad.

In another criminal verdict, the regime’s judiciary in Urmia sentenced Mamoosta Mohammad Khezrnejad, a Sunni cleric who was arrested during the 2022 uprising, to execution on charges of “corruption on earth” and “propaganda against the system,” along with 16 years in prison. He was arrested in November 2022 after delivering a speech at the funeral of the uprising martyr As’ad Rahimi along with his son in Bukan. Mamoosta Khezrnejad had previously been interrogated and harassed by the repressive organs repeatedly.

On the other hand, the regime’s court in Khorramabad sentenced two brothers named Mohammad Khodakarami, 32 years old, and Mehdi Khodakarami, 42 years old, to 8 and 4 years in prison on charges of “membership in the PMOI” and “conspiracy and collusion to commit crimes against national security.” They were arrested in Tehran in March 2023 and subjected to severe torture in Evin, causing fractures and injuries to Mohammad, who was later transferred to the hospital in a state of coma. They were subsequently transferred to Khorramabad Prison, where they were also tortured. The prison guards moved Mohammad and Mehdi to the ordinary prisoners’ section and assigned a hired prisoner to beat and abuse them. Due to brutal torture, they suffer from various illnesses and are deprived of the minimum medical and pharmaceutical facilities. Even the medications purchased by their families have been stolen, and they are not provided to them.

Once again, the Iranian Resistance calls on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, and other relevant UN bodies, as well as the European Union and its member states, to take immediate action to free political prisoners and save the lives of those sentenced to execution. The necessity of international fact-finding missions to visit Iranian prisons and meet with prisoners is emphasized.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

11 February 2024