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Urgent Appeal to Save the Life of a Political Prisoner Facing Imminent Execution

ImageThe Iranian regime’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against a 29-year-old political prisoner in Iran, making his execution imminent.
Hojjat Zamani, a member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) has been in jail since the year 2000. After being brutally tortured in the notorious Evin Prison, Hojjat escaped and managed to flee to Turkey. But he was arrested and turned over to agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the mullahs’ dreaded secret police. Hojjat was brought back to Iran and once again subjected to torture.
In the past few months, Hojjat Zamani has been held in the "dangerous prisoners" section of Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, a city west of Tehran. Last winter, Hojjat and a group of other political prisoners went on a hunger strike that lasted several weeks.
With two other Mojahedin political prisoners, Jaafar Aghdami and Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, Hojjat wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on January 24, 2005, urging him to set up a special fact-finding mission to investigate the plight of families of political prisoners, particularly those whose loved ones were tortured or executed in mullahs’ prisons in the 1980s.
The letter was smuggled out of prison and made public. Its impact on Iranians in Iran and human rights activists abroad drew attention to the ongoing horrors in mullahs’ prisons. Hojjat was threatened by Sheikhan, one of the chief torturers, that unless he recanted and collaborated with the mullahs’ regime, he would soon be executed.
Two of Hojjat’s brothers, Fallah and Khazal, were previously executed by the clerical authorities. His father died shortly afterwards as a result of unbearable harassment and pressures by mullahs’ agents.
The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights authorities and organizations to act urgently to save the life of Hojjat Zamani in the short time that is left before his execution.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 9, 2005