No death sentences for Kahrizak culprits

TEHRAN, Sept. 29 (MNA) -- The families of the three people killed at the Kahrizak detention center have called for clemency for the two individuals who were condemned to death after being convicted of committing the murders.

In Islamic law, the next of kin of the victim have the right to ask for the death penalty or to forgo the right to capital punishment. They can also demand the payment of blood money if they do not ask that the death penalty be imposed.

Mohsen Rouholamini, Mohammad Kamrani, and Amir Javadifar, who had been detained at the Kahrizak detention center for involvement in the post-election unrest in 2009, were beaten to death at the detention center.

The Majlis special committee on the post-election incidents announced on August 15, 2009 that 12 police officers and judges involved in the Kahrizak incidents had been dismissed and faced prosecution.

In June 2010, Iran’s Armed Forces Judicial Organization sentenced two of the men to death and issued verdicts for nine other defendants, calling for prison sentences, cash fines, the payment of blood money, and their temporary suspension from duty. One defendant was exonerated of all charges.

The bereaved families issued a statement calling for the prosecution and punishment of the people who ordered the imprisonment of their children.

The families also expressed their gratitude to the Supreme Leader for seriously pursuing the case and thanked the Judiciary for stripping the three judicial officials of their judicial immunity over their suspected involvement in the case.

Shortly after the incident, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued an order calling for the Kahrizak detention center to be closed.

Three high-ranking judicial officials at the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, who were connected with the case, have been suspended from duty and stripped of their judicial immunity and are to be held accountable like ordinary citizens.


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