Report: Iran execution halted
December 26th, 2010
09:49 AM ET

Report: Iran execution halted

[Updated at 9:49 a.m.] The lawyer for a Kurdish-Iranian law student who was scheduled to be executed Sunday says the sentence has been halted, pending an investigation of what his legal team says are irregularities in the case, the semi-official Iran Students' News Agency reported.

Official state media was silent on the matter.

[Posted at 9:15 a.m.] Human rights organizations have appealed to Iranian authorities to call off Sunday's scheduled execution of a Kurdish-Iranian law student charged with security-related crimes.

"We are urgently appealing to the Iranian authorities to show clemency, halt the imminent execution of Habibollah Latifi, and commute his death sentence," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said Saturday.

Latifi is one of at least 16 Kurds facing execution on various national security-related charges, including moharebeh - which translates to "enmity against God" - according to published reports.

His lawyer has been notified by Iranian authorities that Latifi will be hanged Sunday at the Sanandaj Prison.

Latifi, a law student at Azad University, was arrested in 2007 in the western Iranian province of Ilam for his alleged role in an attack on a police station in Kurdistan province and attempted assassination of a prosecutor on behalf of the anti-revolutionary group Kurdish Independent Life Party.

He was convicted and sentenced to death the following year by the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court.

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  1. MWolda

    Atleast we have the freedom of speech in the US to fight corruption. I think it's an understatement to say that the US legal system, while not perfect, is WAY better than of Iran.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. MWolda

    Human rights is a process. It gains ground over time. We just have to keep pushing. And we have voices in the US, the Iranian people are loosing their voice to fight an absolute sadistic police-state brutality! Perspective please!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. MWolda

    International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – “The Authorities Did Not Inform Us Of My Father’s Execution,” Says Ali Saremi’s Daughter:

    December 28, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. MWolda

    This guy may be next. You can help save him: TAKE ACTION: Saeed Malekpour: Canadian Resident, Web-Developer Sentenced to Death : United4Iran:

    December 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. christinA eijkhout

    I feel so ashamed for all the "funny" comments, written on this site by people living in full freedom, people who don"t have to be afraid when somebody knocks their door,when they write o r when they speech.
    In Iran people are suffering, dying, got executed for less than the mentioned comments.
    Human Rights is a worthy thing, for everybody.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. AMSR12

    You believe you know all?
    Most of you are not older than 30. And some of you don't really know what is right or Freedom. You ask me why? I see it how inconsequential you are talking about human life. You believe this World is only black or with. But is that truth? Sometimes Ppl. see only the act but don't see the trigger from all. Some Ppl. lose everything and fight to be alive some other never fight to be alive & end for someone else everything. Both lose all, but one of them was lucky & the other one only helpless without any choice in his life. And? who is who? Your moral, your trained benevolence take this choice. No one is coming as murderer of this World. Also not mass murderer ahmadinejad and his helper. But they lose from murder to murder their righteousness. They don't see the human behind the life. They only see hate and a way to comes out from this harm. But with every murder to hide the last one they grub deeper & deeper and lose their humanity. Who talk to God to know what is his will? So how can you end human life in his name? Which God need your hate calling, murderer incomplete view to render in his name? When you tell this stories about he is Gods enemy, are you doing that to stay over me? To be God in this moment? I'm sure no one have to kill other human for his mind, believe or origin. But you do that in his Name. Don't forget blood is always running back! All what we tell you is how can you delete live without to know what you are doing. Maybe the answer from some human problems are linked with this life what you are killing?
    Believe me or not I will fight until my end to save our country from this madness! Until the last day. And let me tell you, you can kill Habibollah, Saremi and all free souls what you have killed but not their mind! Because their mind are free! We don't kill your IR, you are killing your IR! You destroy your religion! We only show the World how you end life with that.
    Nothing is here to Stay ! Also not IR or some view from radicals. The end of them is our future !

    Das Leben ist eine Brücke, gehe drüber und sei vergnügt aber Baue keine Häuser drauf. Jesus von Naazareth

    December 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
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