Ali Saremi

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Age: 62
Location: Unknown location, previously Gohardasht Prison
Date condemned: 29 December 2009
Date executed: 28 December 2010
Charge: Moharabeh. As of 25 February 2010 he faces additional, yet unnamed, charges.
Notes: 29 December: Ali Saremi's body has been moved from Evin to Kahrizak Detention Center in southern Tehran. A letter, purported to be written a few weeks before his execution, has been circulating.

28 December 2010, 9:30 am: HRANA confirms the execution of Ali Saremi outside of Evin Prison this morning.

3:30 am: Ali Saremi's family has gathered outside of Evin Prison. Reports state that Saremi's cellmates fear he was taken to Evin to be executed. 27 December 2010: Ali Saremi has been transferred from Gohardasht (Rajaee Shahr) prison to an unknown location. This raises concern about his safety, as authorities have been known to transfer prisoners shortly before an execution is to take place.

Ali Saremi was arrested over two years ago after attending a memorial service for victims of mass executions by the regime in 1988. He has spent more than 20 years in prison and has been arrested four times in the last 30 years.

He was first detained in Evin Prison, but transferred to Gohardasht without the required court order. Saremi was sentenced to death on 29 December 2009 after being detained for 28 months.

On 14 October 2009, while detained in Evin Ward 305, Saremi among victims of an attack by about 150 other prisoners. The other prisoners believed that taking political prisoners' lives was justified and even rewarded by God, or "Mobah." Shortly before the attack, other prisoners were promised reduced punishment and other rewards during a lengthy meeting with the Warden and an investigator of the Ministry of Information. At the time of the attack, Ali Saremi was 62 years old.

His latest trial was set to begin on Sunday, 21 February, but was postponed because he demanded access to his lawyer.

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