London, 5 Aug – The Iranian authorities have finally released at least some of the names of those executed on Tuesday, August 2 in Gohardasht prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.
In a bizarre twist, those executed were also accused of the “assassination of Mohammad Sheikholeslam, member of Assembly of Experts from Kurdistan”, despite the regime having previously accused and executed six people for that in March 2015.
It is important that we remember the names of those murdered by the Regime, in no particular order, here are the political prisoners that were murdered by the mullah’s regime this week for speaking out against the government:
Shahram Ahmadi, 29
Kaveh Sharifi, 32
Arash Sharifi, 26
Mohammad Yavar Rahimi, 31
Mokhtar Rahimi, 33
Bahman Rahimi, 38
Kaveh Vaisi, 32
Behrouz Shahnazari, 31
Taleb Maleki, 31
Ahmad Nassiri, 35
Shahou Ebrahimi, 31
Early Tuesday morning, the prison authorities cut off ties to the outside world in order to stage this mass execution in secret, despite having told the victim’s relatives that they had until 3pm to pay a final visit to their loved one.
They cut off phone lines and put the prison on lockdown, because according to Mohammad Jafari Montazeri, the regime’s prosecutor general, the prisoners were “disrupting security”.
Most of the victims were arrested between 2009 and 2011, and suffered between 18 to 31 months of torture in solitary cells of Sanandaj Intelligence branch. During this time, they were denied the most basic rights of the imprisoned; medical care, lawyers, family visits.
Kaveh Sharifi suffered 27 months of torture which left him incredibly weak; he had a heart attack on July 31 but prison henchmen still removed him from hospital to hang him.
His brother, Arash Sharifi, lost the vision in his left eye and had only limited vision in his right after he was denied medical treatment.
Shahram Ahmadi was tortured for 33 months which resulted in hearing loss and kidney infection.
Last month, he wrote to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. In the letter, he said: “I hope that I am tried like a human being, like an accused, in a just court, that I see my lawyer, that he had read my case, that my torturer is not besides my judge, that the judge is not angry and doesn’t say either you go from this Shiite country or you die, that the court is more than 5 minutes and that I am allowed to speak”.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian resistance, described the mass execution as “an appalling crime against humanity” and called for the people of Iran to protest and for Western governments to bring the Regime to justice.