PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/002/2002
5 February 2002
Further information on Extra 97/98 (MDE 13/24/98, 8 December 1998) - Fear of
imminent execution / Fear of possible ill treatment or torture
IRANKarim Tuzhali (m), former member of the Kurdistan Democratic party of Iran
Karim Tuzhali was reportedly executed on 24 January 2002 at Mahabad prison,
western Iran. He had been in detention for three years, allegedly in Orumieh
prison, West Azerbaijan province. He had reportedly been tortured while in
detention and there was apparently a delay in releasing his body to his family.
He was sentenced to death on 16 September 1998, in connection with his former
membership of the banned armed opposition group, the Kurdistan Democratic party
of Iran (KDPI). It is not known exactly what he had been charged with.
Karim Tuzhali was a former asylum seeker and recognised as a refugee by the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). He reportedly sought asylum
around 1996 under an assumed name. The Turkish authorities forcibly returned
him to Iran on 20 June 1998 without informing the UNHCR.
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