Iranian Kurdish man Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei is at risk of execution in relation to the September to December 2022 nationwide protests in Iran. Following a grossly unfair trial, on October 7, 2023, Branch Two of Criminal Court 1 of Kermanshah province convicted him of “murder” and sentenced him to death, admitting his torture-tainted forced “confessions” as “evidence”.
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Head of judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei
c/o Embassy of Iran to the European Union,
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt No. 15,
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Supreme Leader ‘Ali Khamenei
c/o Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 3rd Ave, 34th floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-2020
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei,
Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei, aged 34, from Iran’s oppressed Kurdish and Yaresan ethnic and religious minorities, respectively, is at risk of execution in relation to the 2022 “Woman Life Freedom” nationwide protests. In a verdict dated October 7, 2023, Reza Rasaei was convicted of “murder” for his alleged involvement in the killing of an agent, identified as a member of the Revolutionary Guards, and was sentenced to death. Reza Rasaei has repeatedly denied involvement, including during trial The court also convicted him of “disrupting public order” and sentenced him to one year in prison and 74 lashes. In the verdict, the court summarily dismissed Reza Rasaei’s retraction of his forced “confession”, which he had said during trial was obtained under torture.
Reza Rasaei was arrested on November 24, and subsequently transferred to a detention facility controlled by the Agahi in Sahneh. During interrogations there, Agahi agents subjected Reza Rasaei to torture and other ill-treatment, including electric shocks, suffocation by putting a plastic bag over his head and severe beatings. Reza Rasaei was subsequently transferred to Dizel Abad prison in Kermanshah province, where he remains. His right to a fair trial was violated, including access to a lawyer of his choosing.
I urge you to immediately quash the conviction and death sentence against Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei. If charged with a recognizable criminal offence, proceedings must meet international fair trial standards without recourse to the death penalty and exclude “confessions” obtained under torture. I urge you to immediately grant Reza Rasaei access to his family, independently chosen lawyer, and adequate medical care. I urge you to protect him from further torture and other ill-treatment and investigate his torture allegations, bringing anyone found responsible to justice in fair trials.