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Iran: Further information on death penalty / flogging: Hossein Dowlatkhah

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 13/002/1998

According to some information received, Hossein Dowlatkhah, a businessman sentenced to death on 18 June 1997, has seen his appeal recently rejected by the Supreme Court. His sole chance of escaping execution now rests with the possibility of a pardon by the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the recommendation of the Head of the Judiciary.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 13/02/98
3 February 1998
Further information on EXTRA 96/97 (MDE 13/29/97, 8 July 1997) - Fear of imminent
execution / Flogging
IRAN Hossein Dowlatkhah, businessman, aged 58
Hossein Dowlatkhah was reportedly sentenced to death on 18 June 1997 by a
revolutionary court in Tehran on charges of corruption and embezzlement. He was
also accused of organizing parties with drugs, for which he was sentenced to
flogging. According to information received by Amnesty International, Hossein
Dowlatkhah’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was recently rejected
by the Supreme Court, which reportedly upheld the death sentence against him.
Hossein Dowlatkhah is believed to have been officially informed that he is to
be executed by firing squad. His sole chance of escaping execution now rests
with the possibility of a pardon by the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
on the recommendation of the Head of the Judiciary.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in your own language or in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the confirmation of the death sentence and flogging
against Hossein Dowlatkhah;
- urging for commutation of these sentences.
APPEALS TO:
1) Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
c/o The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Iran
Faxes: +98 21 650203 (via Interior Ministry, ask for fax to be forwarded)
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) President
His Excellency
Hojjatoleslam val Moslemin Sayed Mohammad Khatami
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Khatami, Tehran, Iran
Fax: +98 21 674790 (via Foreign Affairs, ask for fax to be forwarded)
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) Minister of Information
His Excellency Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi
Ministry of Information
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Information Minister, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
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COPIES TO:
Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Abdollah Nouri
Ministry of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 899547/650203 (note:it can be difficult to obtain fax tone)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Kamal Kharrazi
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 674790
Chairman of the Islamic Consultative
Assembly's Human Rights Committee
Imam Khomeini Avenue, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr Mohammad Hassan Zia’i-Far,
Secretary, Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 13165-137, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 204 0541
and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 March 1998.

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