Amnesty International on the secret execution of Hedayat Abdullahpour
Amnesty international has issued a statement on Friday June 11, 2020, for the Iranian authorities to urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed
The statement says:
– Hedayat Abdollahpour was sentenced to death in 2017 after a grossly unfair trial. On 9 May 2020, he was transferred from the central prison in Urumieh, in West Azerbaijan Province, to an undisclosed location. His family and lawyers have been desperately trying to obtain information on his fate since then.
– Yesterday (10 June), the head of the Centre for the Implementation of Sentences in Urumieh told his family that Hedayat Abdollahpour had been executed three weeks ago in the city of Oshnavieh, also in West Azerbaijan province, but that he could provide no further information. However, around three weeks ago, a prosecution official had told his lawyers he was in a detention facility in Urumieh run by the Revolutionary Guards, and had not indicated that he was scheduled for execution.
– Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Directorsaid: “The fact that the Iranian authorities are playing these cruel games with Hedayat Abdollahpour’s family further demonstrates their contempt for human life. By refusing to reveal the truth, they are deliberately causing untold mental anguish and distress to his loved ones. If Hedayat Abdollahpour has been executed in secret, his body must be returned to his family immediately, and an independent investigation must be conducted into the circumstances surrounding his unlawful execution.”
– Iranian law requires the authorities to inform lawyers of the scheduled execution of their clients 48 hours in advance, and grant families the right to visit their relatives for the last time. To date, Hedayat Abdollahpour’s lawyers have not been notified of his execution.
Since Hedayat Abdollahpour was forcibly disappeared last month, Iranian authorities have repeatedly denied to share any information about his safety and wellbeing, passing his family and lawyers from one office to another.
– Authorities are committing the crime of enforced disappearance, a crime under international law, so long as they refuse to disclose the fate or whereabouts of the victim or the remains.
– Iranian authorities have a long-standing history of secretly executing members of ethnic minority groups and burying them in unmarked graves, and refusing to reveal their fate and the whereabouts of their remains for months or even years.