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ISRAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN:
MAN ARRESTED AT 17 AT RISK OF EXECUTION

Update info:
2 Feb 2018
Country:
ISRAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
Subject:
Hamid Ahmadi
Gender m/f: male
Period:
5 Mar 2018
Distribution date:
2 Feb 2018
UA No:
296/2015

Iranian man Hamid Ahmadi, arrested at 17 and sentenced to death on the basis of torture-tainted “confessions” is at risk of execution. According to the authorities, his request for retrial has been rejected and his death sentence is ready for implementation.

Hamid Ahmadi, aged 27, has been on death row since August 2009 in connection with the fatal stabbing of a young man during a fight among a group of boys in 2008. Since his sentencing, he has been scheduled for execution and transferred to solitary confinement at least five times, which has caused him great mental anguish. The last time was in February 2017, when his execution was halted at the last minute due to public pressure. 

He subsequently requested a retrial on the basis of his young age and the unfairness of his original trial. In October 2017, the prosecution authorities told his family that the Supreme Court had rejected the request for retrial because of “repetitive arguments” on issues that have already been considered. The authorities failed to provide a written copy of the decision. In January 2018, the prosecution authorities told his family that “there is no hope” and that his execution can be carried out at any moment unless they can obtain pardon from the family of the deceased.

Hamid Ahmadi’s original trial in 2009 was grossly unfair. The court relied on “confessions” which he repeatedly said were made under torture and while he was held at a police station without access to a lawyer or his family. He says that police officers held him for three days in a filthy, urine-stained cell; tied his hands and feet together and pushed him face down on the cell floor; tied him to a pole in the yard; kicked his genitals; and denied him food and water. One officer told him that he should not fear execution and should just “confess” to the stabbing so that the investigation would be concluded as soon as possible. There is no information or indication that the authorities have investigated his torture allegations. In June 2015, Hamid Ahmadi was granted a partial retrial focused on the issue of his eligibility to receive an alternative punishment pursuant to the juvenile sentencing provisions of the Islamic Penal Code. He was sentenced to death again in December 2015 after the court concluded that he had attained mental maturity at the time of the crime.

Take action

Please write immediately in English, Persian or your own language urging the Iranian authorities to:

  • Halt any plans to execute Hamid Ahmadi and ensure that his conviction and sentence are quashed and he is granted a fair retrial in accordance with the principles of juvenile justice, without resort to the death penalty and excluding statements obtained through torture or other ill-treatment or without the presence of a lawyer;
  • Conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into his allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and bring those responsible to justice in trials that meet international fair trial standards;
  • Amend Article 91 of the 2013 Islamic Penal Code to completely abolish, without any discretion by the courts or other exceptions, the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people below the age of 18, in line with Iran’s obligations under international law.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 5 MARCH 2018 TO:
Deputy Secretary General of the High Council for Human Rights
Kazem Gharib Abadi
Esfandiar Boulevard
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Rasht General Prosecutor
Ali Mostafavinia
Office of the Prosecutor
Pol-e Araq Judicial Complex
Pasdaran Street, 7 Azar Square
Rasht, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: it@dadgil.ir

And copies to:
Spokesperson of the Legal and Judicial Parliamentary Commission
Haj Hassan Norouzi
Islamic Consultative Assembly
Baharestan Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the 3rd update of UA 296/15. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/3122/2015/en/