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Further information on UA 168/90 (ASA 11/06/90, 1 May 1990): Afghanistan: death penalty: Seyed Hamza son of Seyed Mahboob

, Index number: ASA 11/007/1991


EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 11/07/91
Distr: UA/SC
2 October 1991
Further information on UA 168/90 (ASA 11/06/90, 1 May 1990) - Death Penalty
AFGHANISTAN: Seyed Hamza son of Seyed Mahboob
Seyed Hamza was sentenced to death by a Special Revolutionary Court in April/May
1988 for his alleged involvement in an armed confrontation with the government.
In August 1991 the Afghan government was reported to have agreed to release
25 Afghan Mujahideen prisoners in exchange for a Soviet prisoner held by a
Mujahideen group inside Afghanistan. Following this agreement, released
Mujahideen prisoners were flown to Pakistan by the International Committee
of the Red Cross and the Soviet prisoner, Qurban Ali Tashrifov, was handed
over to a Soviet envoy in Pakistan.
We have now learned that among those released was Seyed Hamza son of Seyed
May we take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts to stop the
execution of Seyed Hamza's reported death sentence, which is believed to have
been reduced to 20 years' imprisonment prior to his release.
No further action is required.

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