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Iran: Further information on fear for safety / possible prisoner of conscience and new concern: fear of death penalty

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 13/010/1997

Isma'il Sarkouhi was released on or around 6 February 1997. His brother, Faraj, is reportedly still detained. There is concern at reports that he may face charges of adultery and espionage, both of which carry the death penalty.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 13/10/97
10 February 1997
Further information on UA 269/96 (MDE 13/36/96, 20 November 1996) and follow-ups
(MDE 13/40/96, 23 December; MDE 13/08/97, 31 January 1997; MDE 13/09/97, 6
February 1997) - Fear of Safety / Possible Prisoner of Conscience and new concern
- Fear of death penalty
IRAN Faraj Sarkouhi, editor
Isma’il Sarkouhi, brother of Faraj - RELEASED
According to information received by Amnesty International, Isma’il Sarkouhi
was released from detention on or around 6 February 1997. His brother, Faraj,
is reportedly still detained.
Amnesty International is concerned at reports by the Iranian news agency, IRNA
(6 February), alleging that Faraj Sarkouhi has had an extra-marital affair
with a female journalist. Adultery by a married man in Iran is, in most cases,
a capital offence. Amnesty International fears that Faraj Sarkouhi may face
charges of adultery and risks being sentenced to death.
Amnesty International also notes that a letter attributed to Faraj Sarkouhi
and published in a German newspaper, (Die Tageszeitung, 31 January) states
that he was forced to confess to having an adulterous relationship and to being
a spy. Espionage charges in Iran also carry the death penalty.
Amnesty International is unconditionally opposed to the death penalty.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in French, English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of Isma’il Sarkouhi and seeking details of his legal
status;
- continuing to seek full details of the whereabouts and legal status of Faraj
Sarkouhi, including any charges against him and any trial proceedings which
may take place;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Faraj Sarkouhi if
he is held as a prisoner of conscience;
- urging that Faraj Sarkouhi be humanely treated and granted immediate and
regular access to family members and doctors and lawyers of his choice;
- urging that Faraj Sarkouhi not be sentenced to death.
APPEALS TO:
1) Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) President
His Excellency Hojjatoleslam
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Rafsanjani, Tehran, Iran
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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
Fax: +98-21-6465242
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) Minister of Information
His Excellency Hojjatoleslam Ali Fallahian
Ministry of Information
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Information Minister, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Dr Ali Akbar Velayati
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98-21-674790
Chairman of the Islamic Consulative Assembly's Human Rights Committee,
Imam Khomeini Avenue, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr Hussain Farahi, Secretary, Islamic Human Rights Committee,
PO Box 13165-137, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
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 25 March 1997.

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