Saturday, 10 November 2007

Death sentence for a journalist confirmed

Iranian High Court has conformed death sentence for a Adnan Hassanpour
, journalist of Kurdish origin, who had been arrested on 17 July 2007.

Saleh Nikbakht, attorney to the accused has declared that the sentence
was confirmed by the 13th branch of the Court. This is while, death
sentence of Hiwa boutimar, the second Kurdish journalist, which had
been previously violated is being reconsidered.

Mr.Nikbakht has declared the verdict unjust, and emphasized that he
will be challenging the Courts verdict.

Although both journalist have been engaged in news publications such
as the weekly "Aso", (published in two languages , Farsi and Kurdish)
and "Sabze chia" (which covers news on environment and warming), both
journalists- Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed Boutimar (known as Hiwa)
– have been charged for infidelity, which corresponds with arm
struggle in the Islamic state.

The journalists' lawyer has categorically denied the announced charges
as relevant, and has emphasized that the real charges of his clients
are: espionage, disclosing Iranian military installation information
to enemy, helping to escape suspects involved in explosions in Ahwaz
in the South of Iran thorough western Iranian borders, and being in
contact with an official of the US State Department.

Relatives to Adnan Hassanpour and Hiwa Boutimar, have said that the
two journalists have been forced to accept the charges under intense
torture by Intelligence Ministry agents.

Their lawyer has also underlined the fact that he has been prevented
from meeting with his clients.

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