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16 January 2001

EXTRA 05/01 Imminent execution
IRAN Eleven unnamed men aged between 20 and 30 years
Maryam Ayoubi, aged 31 (female)
Hossein Esna 'Ashari, 24 (male)
Ali Hassanzadeh, 25 (male)
Mostafa Nikbakht, 22 (male)
Mir Jalil Sayed Nazari, 22 (male)

Eleven unnamed men are reportedly to be executed tomorrow, 17 January, in Qasr prison, Tehran. On 16 January, Qods newspaper reportedly stated that the eleven individuals had been sentenced to be hanged after being convicted of murder, and that all the sentences had been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Amnesty International is also concerned at press reports in Dowran-e Emruz (The Epoch of Today) on 7 January 2001 that the Supreme
Court has upheld death sentences on Maryam Ayoubi and Hossein Esna 'Ashari. This report states that the death sentence on Hossein
Esna 'Ashari is expected to be carried out 'soon' and that Maryam Ayoubi will be stoned following fifteen years' imprisonment.
Newspaper reports quoting Khabar (The News) on 16 January repeat that the sentence to death by stoning on Maryam Ayoubi was upheld but does not indicate when it is due to be carried out.

There were reports in August 2000 that a death sentence passed on Maryam Ayoubi had been commuted, but that the death sentence
handed down to an accomplice, Hossein Esna 'Ashari, had been upheld. Amnesty International has not been able to confirm these reports.

Amnesty International is also concerned at unconfirmed reports received on 15 January that three men, Ali Hassanzadeh, Mostafa
Nikbakht and Mir Jalil Sayed Nazari may be executed in Orumieh, western Iran. The unconfirmed reports suggest that the Supreme
Court upheld a lower court's death sentence on murder charges in November 2000 and that the execution may be imminent.

Amnesty International is unable to confirm details of the charges on which the men and woman named above were convicted.

Iran has carried out at least six executions so far this year.

telegrams/telexes/faxes/express letters:
- urging that the death sentences imposed on all those mentioned above be halted immediately;
- seeking clarification of the status of Hossein Esna 'Ashari, Ali Hassanzadeh, Mostafa Nikbakht and Mir Jalil Sayed Nazari and urging that if their death sentences have also been upheld, they should also be halted immediately;
- expressing your sympathy for the victims of violent crime and recognising the rights and responsibilities of governments to bring to
justice those suspected of criminal offences, but stating your unconditional opposition to the death penalty irrespective of the crime
for which it is imposed, as the ultimate violation of the right to life;
- reminding the Iranian authorities of their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular Article 3: 'Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.'

Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
c/o The Presidency Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary:
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi Ministry of Justice Park-e Shahr
Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Head of Judiciary, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Faxes: 011 98 21 537 8827 (number may be unreliable. A
recorded message, in English, will indicate when to send fax - please send before it gives you the tone to leave a voice message)
Salutation: Your Excellency

His Excellency Hojjatoleslam Sayed Mohammad Khatami The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Khatami, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Faxes: 011 98 21 649 5880
E-mails: khatami@president.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

Nasser Qavami, Head Judicial & Legal Affairs Committee:
Majles-e Shura-ye Eslami
Imam Khomeini Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Majles, Tehran, Iran
Telex: 21 42 32 ICAI IR
Fax: 011 98 21 646 1746 (occasionally difficult to reach, please be
Saluation: Dear Sir

COPIES TO: In lieu of an embassy:
Iranian Interests Section
2209 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007


This information is from Amnesty International's research headquarters in London, England. A.I. is an independent worldwide movement working for the international protection of human rights. It seeks the release of people detained because of their beliefs, color, sex, ethnic origin, language or religious creed, provided they have not used nor advocated violence. These are termed prisoners of conscience. It works for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners and works on behalf of such people detained without charge or trial. It opposes the death penalty, extra-judicial executions (political killings), 'disappearances' and torture or other cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of all prisoners without reservation. Amnesty International promotes awareness of and adherance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognized human rights instruments, the
values enshrined in them and the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and freedoms.

Please do not repost this appeal to any part of the Internet without prior permission from Amnesty International. Thank you for your help with this appeal.

Please read the monthly Urgent Action Network Newsletter posted on the web at: http://www.amnesty-USA.org/urgact/newslett.html

Urgent Action Network
Amnesty International USA
PO Box 1270
Nederland CO 80466-1270
Email: sharriso@aiusa.org http://www.amnestyusa.org/urgact/
Phone: 303 258 1170
Fax: 303 258 7881

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