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Full recommendation
The Special Rapporteur thanks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its reply. He notes with
concern that the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Mr. Behrooz Alkhani Aghbarzeh (Mr.
Behrouz Alakhani). The Special Rapporteur would appreciate additional information on the evidence
used to find the defendant guilty, as well as on any measures taken to investigate the allegations of
violations of procedural safeguards in the proceedings conducted against him. He would also appreciate
a response on the conformity of these proceedings to international human rights law standards of fair
trial and due process guarantees. Should any of the alleged violations of procedural safeguards in the
proceedings conducted against him be confirmed, the Special Rapporteur calls upon the Government of
the Islamic Republic of Iran not to execute Mr. Behrooz Alkhani Aghbarzeh (Mr. Behrouz Alakhani), and
commute without delay his sentence.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
Mr. Behrouz Alkhani, a Kurdish prisoner, was arrested and accused of collaborating with the Kurdish
PJAK party, moharebeh (offence of “enmity against God”) and carrying a firearm.2 He was later accused
of being involved in the assassination of a prosecutor in Khoy (West Azerbaijan Province). 3 He was
executed in Urmia Prison on August 26, 2015.4
Mr. Alkhani was sentenced to the death penalty on charges of moharebeh and ten years in prison for
carrying a firearm by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia. The General Court of Urmia sentenced him to
death for his alleged involvement in the assassination of the prosecutor in Khoy.5
According to Mr. Alkhani’s family, he was held in the Urmia Security Detention Center for 19 months
after his arrest, during which he was subjected to torture and subsequently developed a mental disorder.6
According to his family, Mr. Alkhani was denied access to a lawyer of his choice until after the Court
upheld the death sentence. Subsequently, Mr. Alkhani was permitted to choose his own lawyer to manage
his appeal at the Supreme Court7

1
CCPR.6.1.S.1; CPPR.6.2.S.2; CCPR.14.3.S.4
CCPR.6.2.P.2; CCPR.14.3.P.4
CCPR.6.1.O.1; CCPR.6.2.O.4
2
https://iranhr.net/en/articles/2292/
3
Human Rights Activists in Iran: < https://www.en-hrana.org/report-status-bahrooz-alkhani-death-row-prisoner >
4
Amnesty International: <https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/iran-kurdish-man-awaiting-appeal-of-his-deathsentence-executed/ >
5
Amnesty International: <https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/iran-halt-execution-of-kurdish-man-due-to-becarried-out-tomorrow-morning/ >
6
Radio Zamaneh: <https://www.radiozamaneh.com/234781 >
7
Radio Zamaneh: <https://www.radiozamaneh.com/234781 >

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