Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei

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Name: Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei (also spelled Aghayari)
Location: Evin Prison (presumed)
Date condemned: April 2010
Date executed: 24 January 2011
Charge: Moharebeh.
Notes:

9 January 2011 Reports suggest that Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei is due to be executed this Tuesday, January 11. He is considered in imminent danger.

15 September Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei's appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court yesterday (14 September). His lawyer, Mehdi Hojjati, said: "Unfortunately, there is nothing else we can do as judicial lawyers. A request for clemency was our last attempt and it was denied. There are no legal avenues left to explore to prevent his execution."

Persian2English has drafted a sample letter to the United Nations, urging an immediate halt to Aghaei's execution.

We also urge you to sign the petition for Mr. Aghaei's life.

3 August: Haj-Aghaie's sentence was upheld by the appeals court and he is considered at imminent risk of execution.

Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei is convicted as Moharebeh for alleged propaganda against the Iranian regime and ties to People's Mujahedin of Iran, otherwise known as MKO, PMOI, or MEK. He was arrested on 18 September and is sentenced to death under the charge of Moharebeh, meaning "warring against God." The Islamic Republic continues to issue the politically-charged Mohareb sentences in an attempt to dissuade further peaceful protests. His sentence is a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 6(2) protects the right to life by stating that the death penalty may only be imposed for the most serious crimes, if at all. Condemning Ahmad for his role in a protest, especially under the guise of armed resistance, is against international law. Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said, "These sentences were originally issued in kangaroo courts, despite an utter lack of evidence justifying any punishment, let alone capital punishment. Now the appeals judges are disregarding Iran’s own laws and international obligations by rubber stamping these horrifying sentences."