Iranian websites have quoted Latifi's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, as saying that he’s been informed that Latifi would be hanged on the morning of December 26.
Latifi, a 27-year-old engineering student, has been reportedly sentenced to death on charges of moharebeh (waging war against God). Authorities have said that he is a member of armed opposition groups.
He’s been accused of involvement in several explosions in Sanandaj as well as filming them and taking pictures. He’s also been reportedly accused of involvement in an assassination attempt on the life of a Sanandaj prosecutor and also an attack on a police station. He is said to have denied the charges against him.
Human Rights Watch has called on Iran’s judiciary to immediately rescind the execution order for Latifi:
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has also called on Iranian authorities to halt the “unfair sentence” against Latifi and allow the case to be reviewed by a judge independent of security forces:
Latifi’s family are reportedly making their last effort to save him from execution. Rights activists have launched a petition to save Latifi from hanging. A Facebook campaign has been also launched and some activists have changed their profile pictures with pictures of Latifi to bring attention to his case.
Latifi, who was arrested in 2007, is being held at Sanandaj prison. Reports say he is suffering from kidney failure and heart problems.
Human Rights Watch says Latifi is one of at least 16 Kurds facing execution on various national security-related charges including moharebeh.