Iranís Supreme Court Confirms Death Penalty for A Sunni Prisoner

 Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:41:02 AM

Barzan Nasrollah ZadehBarzan Nasrollah Zadeh, who was arrested on vague charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God), has been reportedly sentenced to death; the Iranian supreme court has allegedly confirmed the capital punishment and the case was referred to the court for possible execution.

Sunni prisoner of conscience Barzan Nasrollah Zadeh was detained (when he was under 18) along with two other Sunni men by Iranís security forces on May 29, 2010, BCR Group has learned. He was finally sentenced to the death penalty for supporting Salafi groups at Branch 28 of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court.

Mr. Nasrollah Zadeh was deprived the right of having a lawyer during his trial, relatives said.

Picture: His Birth certificate
 shows he is born on November 1, 1992
Picture: His Birthcertificate
shows he is born on November 1, 1992
Barzan Nasrollah Zadeh has been suffering from health problems such as liver disorders since his arrest on 29 May 2010. He was shot in the abdomen by plain-clothed officers from the Ministry of Intelligence who arrested him as he
walked home from school in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province of Iran, International Campaign for Sunni Prisoners in Iran declared.

Barzan was then filmed by interrogators who forced him to make a false Ďconfessioní that he had Ďcontact with Salafi groupsí, the organization stated.

He is jailed in Ward 4 of Hall 10 in the notorious Rajai Shahr prison and is serving the fifth year of his sentence .



Situation of Sunni Prisoners in Iran


According to reports, more than 74 Sunni Kurd prisoners have been convicted to prison terms estimated from five to thirty-three year in Rajai Shahr prison. In addition, 39 of them have been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of the regime, and six prisoners including Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molaei, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Sedigh Mohammadi and Hadi Husseini were executed on 4 March 2015.

This report mentioned there are numbers of Sunni prisoners that would not publish their news, because the relatives of some prisoners are panicked after they were severely threatened by officials of the regime of Iran.

Torture, beating, mock execution and brutal interrogation are the norms against Sunni Kurd prisoners that most of them are unknown due to weak media and Human Rights Organizations negligence .

They have had extremely painful experiences in prisonóboth psychologically and physically during interrogation by torturers.

Broken captives are thrown into solitary confinement and horrific interrogation rooms, where they are subjected to inhuman and cruel methods. The condition of prisoners is alarming and worrying as reports have acknowledged.

They are brutally tortured and threatened through pressure on their families, hanging from the ceiling that leads them to break their shoulder, lethal medicine injections, hanging up weights to the testis, keeping in cold weather, threats of rape, severe lashes on the bed, beating by shocker, beating to the sensitive organs (head, cerebellum, neck, spine, stomach, shin, knee, back of knee), mock execution and long-term imprisonment in solitary confinement.



Therefore, BCR Group asks for halting the death penalty by writing immediately in Persian, English or your own language:


- Urging the Iranian authorities to halt immediately the execution of Barzan Nasrollah Zadeh;




Leader of the Islamic Republic

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader

Islamic Republic Street- End of Shahid

Keshvar Doust Street

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email:[email protected]

Twitter: @khamenei_ir

Salutation: Your Excellency


Head of the Judiciary

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

c/o Public Relations Office

Number 4, 2 Azizi Street intersection

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Salutation: Your Excellency


And copies to:

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Hassan Rouhani

The Presidency

Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English)

@Rouhani_ir (Persian)


Also, send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.



By: Kaveh Taheri