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Further information on UA 168/94 (MDE 13/03/94, 28 April) - Iran: fear of torure / fear of death penalty and new concern: death in custody: Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 13/013/1994

On 27 November 1994 the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani had died of a heart attack in an unspecified Tehran hospital that same day. He was arrested on 14 March and is believed to have been held incommunicado under house arrest. Amnesty International is gravely concerned by his death and is calling for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding it. His family have said that they had no knowledge of him having any prior history of heart trouble.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 13/13/94
Distr: UA/SC
28 November 1994
Further information on UA 168/94 (MDE 13/03/94, 28 April 1994) - Fear of torture
/ Fear of death penalty and new concern: Death in custody
IRAN Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani, writer
On 27 November 1994, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that
Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani had died of a heart attack in an unspecified Tehran
hospital on the same day. Amnesty International is gravely concerned by his
death and is calling for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding
it.
Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani was arrested on 14 March and was believed to have been
held in incommunicado detention until recently when he was reported to have
been put under house arrest in a house owned by the government where he remained
incommunicado.
Officials have accused him in the press of drug abuse, brewing alcohol,
homosexual acts, links with espionage networks and receiving money from
"counter-revolutionary" circles in the West. Some of these offences carry
the death penalty. However, the real reason for his arrest appeared to be
open letters he had written to the government objecting to the censorship of
dissenting voices in Iran.
Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani's family have said that they have no knowledge of him
having any prior history of heart trouble.
Most of Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani's writings were effectively banned in Iran,
as he was unable to get a permit to have them printed and distributed.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern at the death of Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani;
- urging an immediate thorough and independent investigation into the
circumstances surrounding his death;
- urging that the conclusions and methods of the investigation be made public.
APPEALS TO
1) His Excellency Hojjatoleslam
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Rafsanjani, Tehran, Iran
Telexes: 214231 MITI IR; 213113 PRIM IR
(marked for the attention of President Rafsanjani)
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) His Excellency Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamanei
The Presidency
2
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telexes: 214231 MITI IR; 213113 PRIM IR
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamanei, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) His Excellency Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Tehran, Iran
Telexes: 214231 MITI IR; 213113 PRIM IR
(marked for the attention of the Interior Minister)
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) His Excellency
Mohammad Ali Besharati Jahromi
Minister of Interior
Ministry of Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Tehran, Iran
Telexes: 214231 MITI IR, 213113 PRIM IR
(marked for the attention of the Interior Minister)
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
His Excellency
Dr Ali Akbar Velayati
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
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 5 January 1995.

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