Large Number of Iranian Prisoners to Be Pardoned for Revolution Anniversary

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

The file contains some 1.7 million records of judicial procedures, and although people's professions are not listed, RSF said researchers spent months to compile and verify the names of 860 journalists or citizen-journalists who were arrested or imprisoned. At least four of them were executed, it said.

The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Ayatollah Khamenei has pardoned or reduced the sentence of the highest number of convicts sentenced by Public Courts and Revolutionary Courts in the history of the Islamic Republic on the 40th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which is going to be celebrated by massive rallies across the country on February 11.

"After months of detailed research work on the file's entries, RSF is in a position to say that at least 860 journalists and citizen-journalists were arrested, imprisoned and in some cases executed by the Iranian regime between 1979 and 2009, the period on which RSF focused its research".

Another was Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi, who according to a medical examiner died of her injuries after being beaten at Tehran's Evin prison in 2003.

Also, semi-official Fars news agency reported that Iran has mounted guided warheads on its "most destructive" and long-range Khorramshahr-2 missile, which can be remotely controlled to hit the target.

The committee also included Monireh Baradarn, a human rights defender and former political prisoner in Iran, Iraj Mesdaghi, a human rights activist and academic, and Rezi Moini, a RSF representative.

It said the files added to evidence of a massacre in 1988 in which around 4,000 political prisoners were executed on the orders of Khomeini between July and September.

Other records in the leaked file include those of human rights advocates, notably Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 and who now lives in exile after she and other women were forbidden from working as judges following the 1979 revolution.

RSF is referring the leaked information to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

"The very existence of this file and its millions of entries show not only the scale of the Iranian regime's mendacity. but the relentless machinations it used for 40 years to persecute men and women for their opinions or their reporting", he said.