Saturday, 26 April 2008

Sentenced again

Hiwa Butimar has been sentenced to death by branch number one of the Revolutionary Court in Mariwan city, for a second time.

The Iranian government accused him of selling arms to Kurdish guerrilla fighters connected to P.K.K, which all of the Kurdish political parties strongly repudiate.

It seems, from sources inside Kurdistan, that Hiwa Butimar has been in solitary confinement for more than a year and has undergone torture.

His brother, Hadi Butimar says that his appeal against the sentence was referred to the same judge in Mariwan city, who confirmed it for a second time.

This is totally unacceptable, and shows the summary and arbitrary nature of executions in Iran. How can an appeal case be referred to the same judge?

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