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Iran Supreme Court upholds death sentence of German-Iranian dissident

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The Iranian Supreme Court docket Wednesday upheld the death sentence of German-Iranian dissident Jamshid Sharmahd. Supreme Court docket spokesman Masoud Satayshi introduced the choice at a press convention, including that “enforcement actions might be taken subsequently.”

Sharmahd was sentenced to demise in February for afsad-i fil arz, or “corruption on earth,” which is a broad class of offenses that every one carry the demise penalty. In 2020, Iranian authorities kidnapped Sharmahd in Abu Dhabi and subsequently accused him of main the monarchist sect the Kingdom Meeting of Iran (Tondar). Amnesty Worldwide said that in a 2023 “sham trial,” Iranian judges convicted Sharmahd of making an attempt to hold out 23 terror assaults and efficiently finishing 5, together with a 2008 attack that killed 13 folks.

In keeping with Amnesty Worldwide, Sharmahd created an internet site for Tondar the place customers may anonymously publish content material. The human rights group additionally famous that:

The web site included statements from the Kingdom Meeting of Iran claiming duty for explosions inside Iran. Jamshid Sharmahd has denied his involvement within the violent acts attributed to him by the authorities, together with by rejecting all accusations throughout trial.

The court docket’s ruling drew worldwide condemnation, with German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock commenting, “Jamshid Sharmahd by no means had a good trial []. We name on Iran to reverse this arbitrary judgment instantly.” Baerbock added that Germany’s ambassador to Iran minimize brief a visit to intervene on Sharmahd’s behalf and avert the completion of Sharmahd’s sentence.

Amnesty beforehand reported that authorities tortured Sharmahd earlier than his trial and refused to reveal his location. The group additionally claimed that “[Sharmahd’s] government-appointed lawyer mentioned that with out fee of US $250,000 from the household, he wouldn’t defend Jamshid Sharmahd in court docket and would solely ‘sit there.”

In keeping with his daughter Gazelle, Sharmahd has additionally spent almost 1000 days in solitary confinement, dropping his tooth and “lots of weight” in consequence.

Photograph supply: jurist.org

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