Iran MPs call for re­lease of death penalty ac­tivist

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A group of Ira­nian law­mak­ers has writ­ten an open let­ter to the head of the ju­di­ciary call­ing for the re­lease of Narges Mo­ham­madi, an ac­tivist sen­tenced to 10 years in prison. Mo­ham­madi, 44, has cam­paigned against the death penalty and was awarded the City of Paris medal ear­lier this year for her work on women’s rights.

Ar­rested in May last year, the moth­erof-two was sen­tenced in April to a to­tal of 16 years in prison on var­i­ous charges, in­clud­ing “form­ing and man­ag­ing an il­le­gal group”. In the let­ter pub­lished by Ira­nian me­dia yes­ter­day, the law­mak­ers call on Ay­a­tol­lah Sadegh Lar­i­jani, the head of the ju­di­ciary, “to ap­ply the clemency and mercy of the Is­lamic repub­lic” and re­unite her with her chil­dren. They also high­light Mo­ham­madi’s med­i­cal prob­lems in­clud­ing “mus­cu­lar paral­y­sis”.

Among the sig­na­to­ries were par­lia­men­tary vice pres­i­dent Ali Mo­ta­hari and sev­eral fe­male MPs. Mo­ham­madi, who was also spokes­woman for Iran’s Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers, went on hunger strike in June after be­ing de­nied phone con­tact with her chil­dren, who live with their fa­ther in France. The au­thor­i­ties re­lented after 20 days of the hunger strike. Un­der a law passed last year, she should only serve the sen­tence linked to the most im­por­tant charge-in this case 10 years for form­ing the “il­le­gal group” Legam which pressed for an end to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says Iran ex­e­cuted 977 peo­ple last year, mostly on drug traf­fick­ing charges. —AFP

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