Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Two brothers, Mohammad and Abdollah Fathi, executed in Isfahan, Iran

Iran Human Rights, May 17: According to reliable sources that Iran Human Rights had been in contact with, the two brothers Mohammad and Abdollah Fathi were executed early this morning in the Dastjerd prison of Isfahan.

Mohamad Fathi (27), and Abdollah Fathi (29), were arrested on March 2010 and transferred to Isfahan prison. According to the family they have been under physical and psychological torture to accept the false charges against them. The charges include, “Involvement with anti-revolutionary groups”, “Taking action for arms struggle”, “Enmity against God”, and “Armed robbery”. They were sentenced to death by Judge Moghiseh from branch 24 of the Revolutionary Court on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God).

The official Iranian media has not announced the executions yet.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 17, 2011 - [فارسى]


Fathi Brothers Executed in Isfahan Prison

The International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran – Moments ago, Bijan Fathi told the International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran that his two sons Abdollah and Mohammad Fathi were executed after meeting for the last time with their mother. The efforts of, the victims’ family members, the activists, and the human rights organizations to halt or postpone the execution continued until the last moment, but were unsuccessful. The two brothers were hanged early morning on may 17th in Isfahan prison.

Mohammad Fathi, 27, and Abdollah Fathi, 29, were arrested on March 2010 and transferred to Isfahan prison. According to the family they endured severe physical and psychological torture to accept the false charges against them. The charges include, “Involvement with anti-revolutionary groups”, “Taking action for arms struggle”, “Enmity against God”, and “Armed robbery”. They were sentenced to death by Judge Moghiseh from branch 24 of the Revolutionary Court on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God).

Bijan Fathi, the father of the two political prisoners awaiting execution told the International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran that “the sentence was confirmed a month ago in the Supreme Court, and today, the officials told their mother that the executions will be carried out [on May 17th].”

Bijan Fatthi added, “The confessions that the sentences were based on were obtained under severe torture. Throughout the entire judicial process, my sons were deprived of all of their basic lawful rights, like the right to have an attorney and the right to defend themselves.”

Source: Persian2English, May 17, 2011


Mother of 2 executed political prisoners to her sons: "Hold your heads high and die with open eyes"

Authorities didn’t even respect their last wish of hugging their mother

The mother of Fathi brothers, 2 political prisoners who were accused by the ruling dictatorship of “Moharebeh” or “war against God” and were executed yesterday, said in a message: "When during the last visit I was facing my 2 sons, I told them to keeps their heads high and die with open eyes and look into the eyes of the henchman who is placing the noose around your neck", according to Iran-Khabar.

Mrs. Mahvash Alasvandi added: "If my sons died once, the murderers, torturers, and those in charge of this case will die a hundred times everyday; they will not ever be at peace again, especially, Rahimi, Bahrami, Colonel Hoseinzadeh, and Isfahan’s prosecutor Habibollahi", Iran-Khabar said on May 17.

She addressed the regime’s henchmen who prevented a last farewell of a mother and her sons and said: “My sons asked for their handcuffs to be removed momentarily [they were still in shackles] to give me a final hug. The authorities said: No! Where in the world the last wish of a condemned person is not respected? My son said he wanted to hug his mother, and to remove his handcuff. The authorities didn’t do it and said: ‘No! That’s the law.’ I told my sons, wow! Look and see what a law-obeying government we have! I told my sons I will embrace you instead and I will hug you as I have done so since your childhood."

In her message, the mourning mother said: “After they murdered my sons and the ambulance that was carrying their bodies was about to leave, fully armed guards were terrified by the unarmed youths and people who had gathered there and were only weeping and crying. Fear was obviously seen in their eyes. I ask you to light candles in memory of my sons, and let’s hope for a world where there will be no prison. Let’s hope that there will be no executions anywhere in the world."

Source: National Council of Resistance of Iran - Foreign Affairs Committee, May 19, 2011
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