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Topics of the day:

1. Amnesty International/IRAN: Legal Concern / Possible Death Penalty 8 June
1999

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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 22:54:33 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Amnesty International/IRAN: Legal Concern / Possible Death Penalty 8
June 1999

* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
International *

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/11/99

UA 133/99 Legal Concern / Possible Death Penalty 8 June 1999

IRAN

Navid Balazadeh, 16
Nejat Beroukhim, 35
Farhad Seleh, 30
Shahrokh Paknahad, 29
Ramin Farzam, 35
Farzad Kashi, 30
Faramarz Kashi, 34 (brother of above)
Aasher Zadmehr (aka Shekasteh Band), 48
Nasser Yaghoub Levy Haim (Leveeim), 45
Javeed Beit Yaghoub, 40
Ramin Nemati, possibly 22
Danny Tefileen, possibly 28
Omid Tefileen, possibly 25 (brother of above)


Amnesty International is concerned that the 13 people named above may be at
risk of unfair trial and could face the death penalty if convicted. News
reports citing the Iranian authorities state that they have been accused of
spying for Israel and the US, and are to be prosecuted in a Revolutionary
Court on espionage charges. Espionage carries the death penalty in Iran.
Lawyers and observers are excluded from trials at Revolutionary Courts,
where trials often fall short of minimum international fair trial standards.

All 13, who lived in the Jewish communities in the cities of Shiraz and
Isfahan, were arrested around 21 March 1999, and are detained in Shiraz.
They are thought to include rabbis, religious teachers and community
activists. Most have been denied family visits and legal representation, and
no bail has been set. There has also been no official explanation of their
initial arrest in March.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Iran's Jewish population of 20,000 to 30,000 is one of the largest in the
Middle East. Certain religious minorities are officially recognised in Iran,
including Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians.

Espionage is punishable by death in Iran. In 1997, two people were hanged
after they were convicted on espionage charges.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English or your own language:

- seeking urgent clarification of the charges brought against all 13 people;
- seeking assurances that all 13 will be allowed access to family and to
independent legal representation of their choice;
- as all 13 have been held in pre-trial detention for approximately 70 days
already, seeking assurances that trial proceedings will commence within a
reasonable time.

APPEALS TO:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Iran
Faxes: + 98 21 650 203 (via Interior Ministry, ask for fax to be forwarded)
Salutation: Your Excellency

President
His Excellency
Hojjatoleslam val Moslemin Sayed Mohammad Khatami
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: President Khatami, Tehran, Iran
Faxes: + 98 21 674 790 (via Foreign Affairs, ask for fax to be forwarded)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Moussavi Lari
Ministry of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Tehran, Iran
Faxes: +98 21 899 547/650 203
Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Kamal Kharrazi
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Faxes: + 98 21 674 790

Mr Mohammad Hassan Zia'i-Far
Secretary, Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 13165-137
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Faxes: + 98 21 204 0541

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 July 1999.

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