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Hebibulla Letifi

Kurdish political prisoner Hebibulla Letifi is still threatened with death row at central prison in Sine (Sanandaj).

27 year old Hebibulla Letifi, engineering student at the University of Ilam has been in Sine prison since 2007 after being accused of aiding PJAK (Free Life Party of Kurdistan). A revolutionary court imposed the death sentence on Letifi on 12 August 2008 and on October 2009 he was put in solitary confinement.

Following pleas from the Kurdish people and civil society organizations, the death sentence imposed on Hebibulla Letifi was postponed, but according to his lawyer, Salih Nikbext, the death sentence could be implemented at any time; he called on the international human rights organizations to step up their campaign to halt the execution.

The Iranian authorities informed Letifi’s lawyers on the 14th of December 2010 that he would be executed. The decision was announced when then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Istanbul attending an economic cooperation summit. KCK Executive Council Chair Murat Karayilan called on the Iranian authorities to halt the execution. After strong reactions from Kurds the death sentence was halted.

Now, after more than six and a half years, despite promises of judicial authorities to abolish the death penalty, the Kurdish political prisoner remained under sentence of death in Sine Central Jail.

During a conversation with HRANA News Agency, his relatives said: “although the Iranian judicial agents have promised to revoke his execution sentence, but the issue has been implemented”.

In the latest action by the international community against inhumane policies of Molla’s regime, a few weeks ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution against the Iranian government listed “ In Iran still remains systematic violations of human rights and fundamental rights, and Iranian regime still refuse to cooperate with UN bodies on human rights and also Iran with denying entry visa to the United Nation Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, has prevented from performing his duties”.

According to report from Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran: “The Iranian regime has executed more than 170 people in 2014”.