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Iran Plans to Execute 62-Year Old Man As An Example to Protesters
Following the rejection of his appeal by Iran’s Supreme Court, 62-year old Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari had to prepare for imminent execution.
According to Rooz Online, 62 year old Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari was arrested during the Ashura demonstrations last year and was sentenced to death. Following the confirmation of his death sentence by the Appeals Court, Mehdi Hojjati, the lawyer for Haj Aghayari, asked for clemency, but on September 14th, he was informed by the Supreme Court that this request has also been rejected.
Mehdi Hojjati explained, “Unfortunately, there is nothing else we can do as judicial lawyers. A request for clemency was our last attempt and it was denied. There are no legal avenues left to explore to prevent his execution.”
Mohammad Ali Haj Aghayari who holds a previous political conviction record from the 1980’s has been accused by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Moharebeh (enemy of God) and association with the Mujahedin-e Khalgh (MEK) Organization. His sentence, Moharebeh, was confirmed by branch 36 of the Revolutionary Court and he now faces imminent execution.
The Islamic Republic continues to issue the politically-charged Moharebeh sentence in an attempt to dissuade further protests and internal opposition to its human rights abuses.
These death sentences are a violation of international law, especially United Nations conventions to which Iran is a signatory.
Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said, "These sentences were originally issued in kangaroo courts, despite an utter lack of evidence justifying any punishment, let alone capital punishment. Now the appeals judges are disregarding Iran’s own laws and international obligations by rubber stamping these horrifying sentences."
Other prisoners' families have been told that only Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can legally pardon Moharabeh death sentences. Based on these statements, the Iranian Supreme Leader decides on death sentences for political prisoners and is directly responsible for these prisoners’ lives.
Though the “Moharebeh” sentence is a religious one for armed resistance against the state, the Iranian regime continues to use it against political prisoners, even when the charges have no basis. These executions are crimes against humanity and must be stopped.