By Pooya Stone
The Iranian regime executed two Kurdish prisoners in the central prison of Urmia on Tuesday on the intentionally vague charge of waging war on God (Moharebeh).
Diako Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah were arrested in 2014, subjected to a year of torture by agents in the Intelligence Office of Mahabad, and then sentenced to death by the city’s Revolutionary Court. This verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Then, following weeks of controversy, the spokesperson for the judiciary announced that the Supreme Court had confirmed the death sentences of three people arrested during the November uprising calling for regime change.
The political prisoners – Amir Hossein Moradi, 26, Saeed Tamjidi, 28, and Mohammad Rajabi, 26 – were given the death sentence after a long period of being tortured to extract false confessions.
The judiciary representative also announced the execution of the retired Ministry of Defense employee Reza Askari.
On July 11, five people were executed in Gohardasht Prison. The regime also executed a 55-year-old man on July 8 because he had drunk alcohol on multiple occasions – a “crime” that never used to involve the death penalty in Iran. Two other prisoners were executed in Gorgan Prison that day.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said: “The crisis-ridden clerical regime, fearing a popular uprising, is desperately trying to prevent the eruption of another uprising by creating an atmosphere of terror, through executing and issuing long-term sentences.”
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi urged the United Nations Secretary-General, Security Council, High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Human Rights Council, as well as any other relevant human rights group to take immediate and effective action against the regime for continuing to torture, execute, and arbitrarily arrest people.
Rajavi tweeted: “I strongly condemn the executions of two Kurdish political prisoners in the Prison of Urmia, and urge the international community to take effective measures against daily executions in Iran by [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and his executioners.”
She further stressed that an international delegation must-visit Urmia Prison to investigate the case of the Kurdish political prisoners who were brutally executed in front of regime mercenaries and their families.
The NCRI wrote: “The regime aims to intimidate the public against participating in the uprising and to also use the mercenaries’ families for repression and espionage… the ruling religious fascism in fear of an eruption of widespread anger continuously sheds blood to forestall its inevitable downfall.”