EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 13/14/94
28 November 1994
Further information on UA 398/94 (MDE 13/10/94) - Fear of torture
IRAN Retired General Azizollah Amir Rahimi, aged 73
Mehrdad Amir Rahimi, aged 28, his son, student
Fears for the safety of Retired General Azizollah Amir Rahimi have been greatly
heightened by the death in custody on 27 November 1994 of another critic of
the Iranian government accused of similar offences.
On 27 November the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Ali Akbar
Saidi-Sirjani, a well-known writer held incommunicado since his arrest on 14
March, had died of a heart attack in an unspecified Tehran hospital (see UA
168/94, MDE 13/03/94, 28 April 1994 and follow-up MDE 13/13/94, 28 November).
Amnesty International is gravely concerned by his death.
Although both were accused of various offences, including drug abuse, the real
reason for the arrests and detention of both Retired General Azizollah Amir
Rahimi and Ali Akbar Saidi-Sirjani is believed to have been their open criticisms
of the Iranian government.
Retired General Azizollah Amir Rahimi is reportedly being held at the Air Force
hospital. Amnesty International fears for his life as long as he remains in
There is no further information on the detention of the Retired General's son,
Mehrdad Amir Rahimi, who was arrested on 8 November after protesting about
his father's arrest, and giving interviews to foreign media about it. His
whereabouts in custody remain unknown, and fears for his safety continue.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or in your own language:
- reiterating concern for the safety of Azizollah Amir Rahimi, currently
detained at the Air Force Hospital, and his son Mehrdad, calling for the latter's
whereabouts to made known, and for them both to be given immediate access to
a lawyer of their own choosing, to family members, and to independent care;
- seeking assurances that they are being treated humanely in accordance with
- calling again for their immediate and unconditional release if they are being
held solely for the non-violent expression of their beliefs.
1) His Excellency Hojjatoleslam
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Rafsanjani, Tehran, Iran
Telexes: 214231 MITI IR; 213113 PRIM IR