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Iran: Further information on fear of torture / legal concern / fear of death penalty

, N° d'index: MDE 13/037/1996

Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Mohammad Taqi al-Dhakeri, Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Mohammad Fazel Mohammad al-Saffar, Hojjatoleslam Fu'ad Fujian, Mohammad Ghaffari, Hadi Dhakeri, Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Sayed Morteza Shirazi, Hojjatoleslam Mohammed Saleh Hedayati, Hojjatoleslam Sayed Mehdi Shirazi (brother of Sayed Morteza) and 7 others: Amnesty International has learned that Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Sayed Morteza Shirazi, the second son of Grand Ayatollah Shirazi, was released from detention for almost 48 hours between 21 and 23 October 1996 after which he was summoned back to prison and detained. Reports that he had burn scars on his neck and hands have heightened concern for his safety and that of the others listed above, who remain in detention.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 13/37/96
21 November 1996
Further information on UA 266/95 (MDE 13/21/95, 29 November 1995) and follow-up
(MDE 13/03/96, 23 January 1996; MDE 13/10/96, 22 March; MDE 13/20/96, 26 June;
MDE 13/32/96, 20 August) - Fear of Torture / Legal Concern / Fear of death
penalty
IRANHojjatoleslam val muslimin Mohammad Taqi Dhakeri
Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Mohammad Fazel Mohammad
al-SaffarHojjatoleslam Fu’ad Fujian
Mohammad Ghaffari
Hadi Dhakeri
Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Sayed Morteza Shirazi
Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Saleh Hedayati
Hojjatoleslam Sayed Mehdi Shirazi (brother of Sayed Morteza)
and 7 others
Amnesty International has learned that Hojjatoleslam val muslimin Sayed Morteza
Shirazi, the second son of Grand Ayatollah Shirazi, was released from detention
for almost 48 hours between 21 and 23 October 1996 after which he was summoned
back to prison and detained. Reports that he had what looked like burn scars
on his neck and hands have heightened concern for his safety, and the safety
of the others listed above who all remain in detention.
Sayed Morteza Shirazi was arrested in Qom on 21 November 1995. Indeed all
except Sayed Mehdi Shirazi have been in detention for a year or more. Sayed
Mehdi Shirazi was arrested in June 1996 and has been held in incommunicado
detention ever since. Hojjatoleslam Muhammad Saleh Hedayati is the only one
reported to have been tried; it is not clear whether the others have been formally
charged with any offences, despite responses sent to members of the UA Network
from Iranian embassies listing a number of allegations against some of the
detainees. It also appears that none has been granted access to a lawyer of
his choice. There continues to be no information as to the fate of seven
students arrested on 12 November 1995.
Amnesty International remains concerned that those detained may be held solely
on account of their relationship to, or their peaceful support for, Grand
Ayatollah Shirazi. If so, they would be prisoners of conscience, and should
be released immediately and unconditionally. In any event, they should be
allowed regular access to family members and to lawyers of their choice. In
addition, the organization is concerned that these men, and others who have
since been released, have been tortured, and that if tried and convicted some
could face the death penalty.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in English, French or in your own language:
- calling for a prompt, thorough, and independent investigation into all
allegations of torture, the methods and findings of which should be made public;
- seeking assurances that all those who remain in detention will be protected
from torture and ill-treatment;
- seeking details of the legal status of all those who remain detained including
full details of all the charges and evidence against them and details of any
trial proceedings, judgements and sentences;
- urging that they be released if not promptly and fairly tried on recognizably
criminal charges. Any prisoners of conscience should be released immediately
and unconditionally.
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APPEALS TO:
1) Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamanei
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamanei, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) 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
Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) Minister of Information
His Excellency Hojjatoleslam Ali Fallahian
Ministry of Information
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Information Minister, 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 31 December 1996.

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