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posted May 22, 2001 09:46
SMCCDI (Information Committee)
May 21, 2001
Reports are stating about the execution of Mohammad-Reza Pedram, a former officer of the Iranian Air Force, despite the protests made by several Iranian and International organizations.
Pedram, aged 54, has been reportedly executed yesterday by the Islamic republic regime.
He returned to Iran in 1996, following a Personal amnesty granted by Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsandjani but was arrested at the Tehran's International Airport (Mehr-Abad).
Brought to Evin prison, he was subject to severe tortures and his interrogators burned his back and broke his leg by trying to make him confess to the crime of Spying for the US, Iraq and Israel.
Pedram was later condemned by the High Judicial Department of the Islamic regime Armed Forces to death penalty, just as like as, the late Colonel Bayani who was executed following his return from the US and the receipt of the same kind of Personal amnesty from Hashemi Rafsandjani.
Mohammad-Reza Pedram's real crime was to detain information on commissions received by several officials of the regime following several Military transactions. He was the purchasing agent of Military Communication spare parts during the Iran-Iraq war.
posted May 23, 2001 10:55
Iran hangs ex-air force officer for spying for U.S.
TEHRAN, May 22 (Reuters) - Iran has hanged a former air force officer sentenced to death for spying for the United States, the official news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. Mohammad Reza Pedram, 56, was hanged in Tehran's Evin prison at dawn on Sunday after the supreme court upheld the death sentence passed against him by a military court, it said.
IRNA, quoting a judicial body, said Pedram had defected in 1986, during the 1980-1988 war against Iraq, and travelled to the United States "where he was hired by the CIA," the Central Intelligence Agency.
He was arrested in 1996 when he tried to enter Iran using a false passport, it added. He was court-martialled and sentenced to death.
Human rights organisations and exiled opposition groups had called for international pressure to be put on Iran to stop the execution.
In 1997, air force colonel Siavash Bayani was executed for spying for the CIA, three years after he returned to Iran from the United States. His execution was based on a law passed in the mid-1990s, which imposed the death penalty for acts of espionage for Israel and the United States. Washington broke diplomatic ties with Iran after radical Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took its staff hostage.
Iran often accuses the United States of plotting to topple its Islamic government.
posted May 23, 2001 10:56
"CIA agent" executed in Evin Prison in Tehran
BBC Monitoring Service
Text of report by Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) web site
Tehran, 22 May: According to an ISNA [Iranian Students News Agency] news team, transmitting a fax on the execution of Mohammad Reza Pedram, the Public Relations Office of the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces has said:
The court verdict on the execution of a CIA agent called Mohammad Reza Pedram was carried out at the courtyard of Evin Prison on Sunday 30 Ordibehesht 1380 [20 May 2001].
After fleeing the country in 1365  during the imposed war [Iran-Iraq war], the executed man contacted CIA agents in one of the European countries and gave them classified information which he had gathered about the country [Iran]. As a result of this treacherous act he was granted political asylum in America, became an employee of the CIA and began his activities against the Islamic Republic of Iran from then on.
In 1375, the executed man traveled to Iran with a false passport to carry out his espionage activities, but, thanks to the efforts of the country's security organizations and a series of intelligent measures, he was recognized and arrested at the airport on his way out of the country. A piece of sophisticated espionage instrument was found in his possession.
During investigations at Tehran's Military Court, apart from the evidence and documents on him, the accused explained the way in which he had joined the CIA and his activities for that organization and confessed to extensive cooperation and providing classified information to the CIA.
Following the completion of the case and after a bill of indictment was issued against the accused, Tehran Military Court held a number of sessions, listened to statements from lawyers acting in his defense and investigated the case. The court then sentenced the above-named person to death on the basis of the existing evidence in the case and the clear confessions of the accused.
The verdict was carried out at Evin Prison's courtyard on Sunday 30 Ordibehesht 1380 [20 May 2001] following the appeal process and its final endorsement by the general committee of the Supreme Court. A representative of Tehran's military prosecutor was present and legal ceremonies were performed before the death sentence was carried out.
posted May 23, 2001 10:57
Activist Held in Iran Is Executed, Family Fears
The Los Angeles Times
While living in Reseda, the man helped many refugees find jobs. His relatives and human rights groups cling to hope.
May 22, 2001
The words of the Persian-language broadcast cut Mohammad Reza Pedram's family like shards of glass: The former Reseda man who helped hundreds of refugees find jobs in Los Angeles was believed to be dead, executed over the weekend by his Iranian jailers on trumped-up charges of spying.
It's a conclusion Pedram's wife and three children refuse to accept, however. With no body, no confirmation from Iranian authorities and repeated denials from Pedram's siblings in the Islamic Republic, they won't give up. "From the bottom of my heart, I believe maybe he's alive," says Pedram's eldest daughter Nazila Pedram-Samet. "But maybe it's just wishful thinking."
Her aunt in Tehran, tearful and strangely vague during recent conversations over a tapped telephone, urged her to pray.
The prayers went unanswered Monday: Pedram's former colleague, Mohammad Parvin of Rancho Palos Verdes, received a fax from a government-opposition group inside Iran stating that Pedram was taken to an undisclosed location for hanging.
In the Chicago suburbs where they now live, Pedram's wife and children were drowning in condolence calls from Iranians who heard the Beverly Hills-based radio announcements over the previous 48 hours. The report also appeared on a Persian language Internet site, http://www.didgah.com. At the family's request, the Web site removed the item Sunday pending confirmation of Pedram's death.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have stepped in to try to determine the 56-year-old Pedram's fate. They are pessimistic.
"Iran is a closed country. When it comes to fact-finding, it's impossible to do," said Elahe Hicks, Iran researcher for Human Rights Watch in New York.
It has been almost five years since Pedram, a tall, fair-skinned man, vanished during a 1996 trip to Iran to visit his dying father. Since then, Nazila Pedram-Samet, her two siblings and their mother have lived in constant and silent fear, worried that any government or news media attention to Pedram's imprisonment would only anger his jailers and make things worse.
Not that the cleric-run courts needed prompting to vent their displeasure with the former Iranian Air Force officer in their custody. He'd committed a major crime in Iran by emigrating in 1986 during the Iran-Iraq war, compounding the matter by becoming a legal resident of Iran's other enemy, the United States.
After repeated beatings that left him with broken bones and a damaged left eye, Pedram was sentenced to death four years ago. The sentence was subsequently commuted to life in prison, then reinstated and then reduced to 10 years in prison as recently as three months ago, relatives and fellow prisoners said.
Three weeks ago, they were told, the death sentence was suddenly reinstated.
"There were times I thought he'll be OK, he'll be in prison for life, twenty years, fifteen years," said former colleague Parvin, head of Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran, a group he founded years ago to highlight the plight of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic. (Amnesty International says Iran was one of four countries, including the United States, responsible for 88% of the world's government-sponsored executions last year, with at least 75.) But until last week, Parvin agreed to keep Pedram's plight a secret. "Now, I don't know if it was actually the right thing," he said. "Probably I should have done something differently."
Pedram-Samet shares that frustration. Ever since she went to Los Angeles International Airport in September 1996 expecting to pick up her father upon his return from Iran, she has been in a race to save him.
When he did not get off the KLM jet he was supposed to have boarded in Amsterdam, she called her family in Iran. Her father had gone to the airport, her aunt assured her.
KLM officials told her somebody had used Pedram's ticket and disembarked in Holland. But they wouldn't give her the name of passengers seated next to the man--"For security reasons," she was told--so she was never able to determine if it was really him.
The trail went cold and for three months, no one knew what had happened to Pedram.
A sister in Iran was the first to learn of his fate. He had been arrested as he tried boarding the plane at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, despite holding a pardon letter from the Iranian government for his desertion and U.S. residency. Accusing him of being a U.S. spy, they sent him to the notorious Evin prison outside Tehran. Two students who were then jailed with him, Gholamreza Mohajeri Nejad and Hamid Alizadeh, recall Pedram as an affable, upbeat prisoner who worked 12 or more hours a day in the prison infirmary. "Mr. Pedram was a good man, he tried to teach prisoners English," said Mohajeri Nejad, reached in Washington, D.C.
But at night, Pedram would reveal a more broken side, said Alizadeh, who fled to Turkey several months ago. Pedram recounted the endless interrogations and beatings by his Iranian jailers. "He told me 'I feel I am in a jungle, and that my eyes are closed and these men are speaking Farsi and sound Iranian, but have to be foreign. I cannot believe any Iranian could do this to another Iranian,' " Alizadeh recalled.
Pedram also spoke lovingly of his family, particularly his son Amir, who last saw his dad at age 16. "I have a feeling my son has grown up in my absence," he lamented to Alizadeh one night after receiving a letter from the boy.
Pedram's wife, Homa, received a couple of shakily written letters from her husband in the past 14 months, half-page diatribes urging her and the children to be strong and to accept "God's will" over his incarceration, Pedram-Samet said. "The letters read like someone was standing right over his head, as if it was forced."
At Pedram's former Los Angeles workplace, the federally funded Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, co-workers were stunned Monday to learn their former colleague, whom everyone called "Mo," could be dead. "He was such a nice guy, a very hard worker who helped a lot of refugees gain employment," said Albert Sy, who directs the department for which Pedram worked. As a refugee himself, he had a lot of compassion for others in his situation, says Pedram's wife, Homa.
"I hope someone can help us figure this thing out," said Nazila Pedram-Samet. "We can't go on like this."
All times are PT (US)
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