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The execution of Kurdish student halted for now

The execution of Kurdish student Habibollah Latifi did not take place as it was scheduled for Sunday 26 December 2010.A large group of people including his members of family and relatives gathered in front of the central prison of Kurdish city of Sanandaj from the very beginning of Sunday morning, calling for the halt of the execution. At the same time, Iranian political groups and human rights organisations, international human rights organisations and Iranian activists worldwide opposed the execution and called for the sentence to be halted.

The president of the central prison of Sanandaj informed the crowed this morning the execution would not take place today. To ensure the crowed about this, he allowed the family members of Habibollah to meet with him this morning.

Habibollah Latifi was arrested on 23 October 2007 in Sanandaj and sentenced to death on 3 July 2008 following an unfair trial by the Sanandaj “Revolutionary” Court. He was convicted of moharebeh (enmity against God), a vague but capital charge. He has been accused of setting off acoustic explosions in the city of Sanandaj , and then filming them; as well as attempting to assassinate a judicial official in Sanandaj. Habibillah Latifi denied all allegations made against him in court. Habibollah Latifi is a student activist and a peaceful Human Right campaigner.

This is a great victory for all who tried hard for the last few days to prevent the execution. As the Islamic regime of Iran is not reliable, the protests should continue as long as the death sentence of Habibolah is officially halted.

We should also remember that 10 more political prisoners in Tehran and several Iranian Kurdish cities are sentenced to death. The Iranian regime would any time carry out the sentences.

Association of Iranian Political Prisoners (in Exile)

Sunday, 26 December 2010


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