Update on condemned Kurdish journalists

There is some ‘good’ news and some bad news from Iranian-occupied Kurdistan.

Abdolwahed (Hiwa) Boutimar’s death sentence has been quashed by the Supreme Court owing to irregularities in legal procedure. The case has now been referred back to the Revolutionary Court in Marivan that sentenced him, and that tribunal could reinstate the original sentence.

The bad news is that Adnan Hassanpours’s sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and needs only to be approved by the head of the judiciary before it can be carried out.

Hassanpour is entitled to another appeal, but his lawyer has not received the necessary documents, and cannot proceed without them. My Kurdish contact in Southampton, Khalid Khedri, fears that the Iranian regime is deliberately stalling on handing over the documents, and plans to go ahead and hang Hassanpour.


Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Ministry of Justice, Panzdah Khordad (Ark) Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir (In the subject line: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986 (please keep trying, if the called is answered, say “fax please”)


President of Iran

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 6 649 5880
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
via website: http://www.president.ir/email