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Iran executes Kurdish political prisoner Mansour Arvand

By Rudaw 17/6/2015
Mansour Arvand
Mansour Arvand
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- A well-known Kurdish political prisoner was executed without notice to family earlier this week, sending shock and outrage through the opposition movement in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Mansour Arvand, a 39-year-old former wrestler from Mahabad, had been sentenced in 2011 for the capital crime of "Moharebeh," which has been translated from Farsi as "enemy of God." 

His death by hanging has angered Kurdish activists in Iran and abroad who had expressed hope that the new government of President Hassan Rouhani would improve the situation of many Kurdish political prisoners. 

According to an opposition website, Arvand was also convicted of "propaganda against the system and membership in the Kurdistan Democratic Party."   

The National Council of Resistance in Iraq wrote: "During the four years of his imprisonment in various prisons, including the intelligence prison of Mahabad and Evin Prison, he underwent the most severe tortures and was suffering from various illnesses because of that, including renal infection. 

He was executed despite the fact that he had been told that his sentence had been commuted to life in prison."

In 2011, Arvand was reportedly arrested in his home in Mahabad, a Kurdish city in northwest of Iran. He spent months in custody of the Iranian Intelligence, or Etelaat.

A year later, he was accused of collaboration with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran.

Arvand denied the allegations but in 2012 was sentenced to death by the Mahabad Islamic Revolutionary Court, Branch 1.

Arvand was transferred in 2014 to Mahabad Prison and was allegeldy informed that his sentence had been reduced to life imprisonment.

Last month, Arvand was transferred from Mahabad Prison to Miandoab Prison without explanation, according to opposition reports. 

On Monday, Arvand’s family was called into the prison and informed that their son was hanged the day before, according to the Human Rights Defenders Association of Kurdistan.

According to Amnesty International, Iran executed 289 prisoners last year, the second-most in the world. Amnesty claimed without verification at least 454 more prisoners were executed without acknowledgment by the Iranian authorities.

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Snowbird | 17/6/2015
Too sad.
Robledal Pedregoso | 17/6/2015
What a vile regime! They dare call Daesh criminals! The Great Talon of God is going to descend on the Theo-Thugocracy infesting Iran. I would be happiest man alive if the Angel of Death destroyed them, the Wahhabi creatures Daesh, Nusra, Al Qaeda, Assad and all the Shia puppet gangs. The same fate awaits all the Islamist Assassin wannabes in Africa, the current neo-Ottoman regime in Turkey and all enemies of the Palestinian people. The two Phoenixes Kurdistan and Pakestine will rise with God's help and international volunteers!
Help the Yezidis | 17/6/2015
This is the real face of the Iranian government. There are two consequences which could be taken: first is that if the PKK should have any agreement, treaty or accordance with the Iranian dictators or represetatives they should immediately and forever end this, so that there is one problem less with Iranian Kurdish parties. Second is that Kurdish Iranian young women and men should participate in the battles in Syria and the KRG so that they will get battlefieldexperience and also avoid clashes with the Iranian dictators which are superior (at the moment) and these young people are getting extremely frustrated because they cannot do anything against the Iranian dictators.
Forked tongue | 17/6/2015
Shitites and Sunnis don't like freedom of speech. Back to the Neandethal age. The man was murdered, NOT executed. He is a hero for civilisation - Long live the Kurds.
Merlin | 17/6/2015
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