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Iran: Death penalty: Eslam Kordlor

, Index number: MDE 13/033/1996

A court in Tehran is reported to have sentenced to death Eslam Kordlor, head of an investment firm, after convicting him of fraud during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and "jeopardising sound investment in the country".

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 13/33/96
EXTRA 136/96 Death Penalty 23 August 1996
IRAN Eslam Kordlor
A court in Tehran is reported to have sentenced to death Eslam Kordlor, head
of an investment firm, after convicting him of being "corrupt on earth" (mofsed
fil-arz), in connection with defrauding 11,000 depositors of $4 million by
running a pyramid scheme during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and "jeopardising
sound investment in the country". Eslam Kordlor is reported to have appealed
against the sentence.
While recognizing the rights and responsibilities of governments to bring those
accused of criminal offences to justice, Amnesty International opposes the
use of the death penalty in all cases as the ultimate violation of the right
to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Amnesty International is particularly concerned at Eslam Kordlor's sentence
in light of the dramatic increase in the number of executions reported in Iran
in recent months. The organization has recorded more than 70 executions so
far in 1996 compared to about 50 recorded throughout 1995. The true figure
could be much higher, as the organization believes many executions which are
carried out are never reported.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express or airmail letters
in English, French or your own language:
- expressing concern at the reported death sentence passed on Eslam Kordlor
and urging that the sentence be commuted if upheld on appeal;
- drawing attention to world trends to abolish or reduce the use of the death
penalty, the desirability of which was reaffirmed in Resolution 32/61 of 8
December 1977 of the United Nations General Assembly;
- drawing attention to Article 1 of the UN Safeguards guaranteeing protection
of the rights of those facing the death penalty, which states that "capital
punishment may be imposed only for the most serious crimes, it being understood
that their scope should not go beyond intentional crimes with lethal or other
extremely grave consequences".
APPEALS TO:
1) Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) The President
His Excellency Hojjatoleslam
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Rafsanjani, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
Ministry of Justice
2
Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Mohammad Ali Besharati Jahromi
Ministry of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 655 426
Telegrams: Minister of the Interior, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Dr Ali Akbar Velayati
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Chairman of the Islamic Consultative Assembly's Human Rights Committee
Imam Khomeini Avenue, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr Hussain Farahi, Secretary, Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 13165-137, 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 20 September 1996.

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