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Iran: Supporters of Kurd on death row released: Further information

, Index number: MDE 13/030/2011

Two Iranian Kurdish men, arrested while celebrating the postponement of a fellow activist's execution in December, were released on bail in the evening of 9 March 2011. They may face charge and trial in the future. Habibollah Latifi, the man sentenced to death, remains at risk of execution, but no new date has been set.

Further information on UA: 271/09 Index: MDE 13/030/2011 Iran Date: 11 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
SUPPORTERS OF KURD ON DEATH ROW RELEASED
Two Iranian Kurdish men, arrested while celebrating the postponement of a fellow activist's
execution in December, were released on bail in the evening of 9 March 2011. They may face
charge and trial in the future. Habibollah Latifi, the man sentenced to death, remains at risk of
execution, but no new date has been set.
The execution of Habibollah Latifi, an industrial engineering student at Ilam University, was not carried out on 26
December 2010, as scheduled. While he remains at risk of execution, no date is known to have been set for his
execution. Amnesty International continues to urge the authorities that his death sentence be commuted as a matter
of urgency.
Following the postponement of the execution, family members and activists gathered at the Latifi household. The
house was raided and around 24 people were arrested, including Habibollah Latifi's relatives.
The last two to be held, civil society activist, journalist and poet, Sa’id Sa’edi and Yahya Qavami were released in
the evening of 9 March 2011 on bail valued at 400 million Iranian rials (over US$38,000), taken in the form of
property deeds.
Both men are said to be in good physical condition and in good spirits.
Amnesty International will closely monitor developments in relation to these cases and take further action as
appropriate.
No further action is required. Many thanks to all those who sent appeals.
Further Information on UA: 271/09 Index: MDE 13/0030/2011 Issue Date: 11 March 2011

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