Remembering Brave Ja'far Kazemi (son of Bahman), murdered by the Iranian regime 24 January 2011
Political prisoner Jafar Kazemi was sentenced to death and this sentence confirmed by the Appeal Court 15th May 2010. He was subject to inhumane physical and psychological torture by security interrogator in ward 209 of Evin prison, to give scripted televised confession. He bravely refused.
The 47-year old father of two children was sentenced to death on charges of “Moharebeh” (enmity against God), organizing and propagating against the regime, and having family ties to previous political prisoners.
Jafar Kazemi was arrested on September 18, 2009 when his taxi was stopped by intelligence agents on Hafte Hoz Square. Kazemi and the taxi driver were forcefully dragged out of the vehicle and physically harassed by the agents.
Kazemi was subsequently taken to solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison for 74 days, where he was subject to severe physical and psychological torture, leading to substantial wait loss, visible injury marks all over his face and body, and continual bleeding from nose and mouth. During the process, he was refused any medical treatment.
Kazemi was also threatened that if he does not conduct the televised confession, his wife and children would be tortured in front of is eyes. Refusing to give in to the interrogators’ demands, he was transferred to the ward 350 of Evin prison after 74 days.
The torture of Kazemi intensified following the Ashura protests on December 27, 2009, as he was further pressured to give in to a scripted televised interview to falsely confess for being arrested on Ashura. During the torture, Kazemi lost two teeth and his hands were severely injured.
Refusing to conduct the interview, Kazemi’s case was referred to section 28 of the Revolutionary Court where he was sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghisei. It is important to note that Jafar Kazemi was previously arrested in 1988 for his political involvement, and was imprisoned for nine years. Judge Moghisei is infamous for his harsh judgement towards previous political prisoners, as he has openly stated on numerous occasions that former political prisoners should have been executed when initially arrested.
In January 2011 the regime then took him, and Mohammadali Haj-Aghai, another innocent regime victim murdered by them on the same day, and cruelly carried out a 'mock execution. The regime then returned them to jail.
On Monday 24th January 2011 Jafar was taken, without the knowledge of either his family or his lawyer, and murdered by the Iranian regime. He denied all charges to the end.
The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.
Please do not stand by. Please sign this petition.
We, the undersigned, ask that the murder of Jafar Kazemi be immediately condemned. The charges were without foundation and the process by which they were extracted both illegal and immoral.
In addition we ask the addressees of this petition to take action in condemning and intervening to stop all such illegal and barbaric executions of innocent victims of the Iranian regime.
The Remembering Brave Ja'far Kazemi (son of Bahman), murdered by the Iranian regime 24 January 2011 petition to World Leaders, OHCHR and media. was written by Khoshkeledoc and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.