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Amnesty Int'l Says Lives Of Two Kurdish Inmates In Iran 'At Risk'

  • RFE/RL

Amnesty International is warning that two death-row prisoners from Iran's Kurdish minority are at "imminent risk" of being executed.

The warning comes after the London-based rights watchdog said Iranian authorities had carried out 20 death sentences over the weekend.

In a statement on October 28, Amnesty said the surge in executions shows that the Iranian authorities "continue to rely on state-sponsored killing."

The statement also said the executions spark fears that two Kurdish minority prisoners on death row -- Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi -- could be next.

The two were sentenced to death in 2010 for participating in armed activities with the Kurdish independence organization Komala and for the killing of the son of a senior cleric.

Amnesty quotes them as claiming they were tortured into confessing to the 2009 murder.
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