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Political Prisoner Sentenced To Die, Reporters Detained

An image from the Committee of Human Rights Reporters' Web site
An image from the Committee of Human Rights Reporters' Web site

Political Prisoner On Verge Of Execution

Ali Saremi, 62, has been sentenced to death on the charge of attending the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of Iran’s political prisoners. His son tells Radio Farda that Saremi has been repeatedly and brutally tortured in jail over the past 20 years.

He adds that his father death sentence was sudden and imposed without judicial process: “My father has written a letter to us saying the regime has started another massacre project by my death sentence in order to intimidate people into not pursuing their demands.”

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Members Of Human Rights Organization Jailed

Seven of the 10 members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters have been detained, and two others are in danger of being arrested, said a Canada-based member of the committee.

Niloufar Golkar added, “No charges are specified yet, but as far as we know, the members are under pressure for the committee’s Web site, which reports human rights violations in Iran; the interrogator has asked them to close it.” Golkar said the focus of the committee’s Web site is the condition of Iran's prisoners.

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