Farhad Vakili

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Name: Farhad Vakili
Executed 9 May 2010 outside of Evin Prison.
Date condemned: 29 February 2008
Charge: Mohareb.
Notes: Farhad Vakili was arrested in August 2006 with Ali Heydarian and Farzad Kamangar in Tehran. The three were charged of being members in the Kurdish Workers Party (پارتی کار که‌رانی کوردستانPartiya Karkerên Kurdistan, commonly known as PKK) and acting against national security. After 17 months in prison, the three were condemned to death as Mohareb, a religious charge meaning "warring against God" on 29 February 2008. Farhad Vakili received an additional ten years for forging his birth certificate. In an August 2008 report, the Child Rights Information Network called the proceedings "a grossly flawed process that fell far short of international standards for a fair trial." The religious charge Mohareb and other sham charges are often used to justify the imprisonment and execution of political prisoners, and is a serious human rights violation.
Previously, Vakili was held in prisons in Sanandaj, Kermanshah and Tehran, where torture is also heavily documented. Torture is explicitly outlawed by Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Additionally, the Islamic Republic is in violation of Articles 8, 9, and 10 of the UDHR, which provide protection against arbitrary arrest and detention, and require a fair and public hearing.
On 11 January 2010, the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization listed Farhad Vakili among the 17 Kurdish political prisoners at imminent risk of execution in Evin Prison.
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