June 30, 2010
URGENT : Female Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalilian has been moved to the enforcement section of the Islamic Republic’s detention facilities; her execution is deemed imminent.
Zeinab, 27, is from Maku, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran in province of West Azerbaijan. She was arrested in May 2008 in Kermanshah and accused of ‘waging war against God’ (Mohareb) and belonging to the PKK (an outlawed political organization).
Her “trial,” in which she was denied legal defense, lasted about 5 minutes, reminiscent of the 1988 mass executions of thousands of political prisoners, for which there is now a demand to convene an international court to try the perpetrators. Zeinab was sentenced to death in that sham trial and the sentence has been upheld. Originally imprisoned in Kermanshah prison, she was of the Ministry of Information in March 2010, and has now been moved to the “enforcement” section of the facility, signaling impending execution.
Here is 27-year old Zeinab Jalalian’s letter to the world, pleading for help:
Dear Human Rights Organisations:
My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian. I am a 27-year-old Kurdish female political prisoner in prison in Iran. My death sentence was confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.
I am currently ill because of torture and I don’t have any lawyer to defend me. I want to tell you that my trial took only few minutes. The Court told me: “You are an enemy of God. You must be hanged very soon.” That was the sum of my entire court process. I asked the judge to give me permission to say good bye to my mother and family before my execution. He told me to “shut up” and rejected my request.
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Zeynab Jalalian’s Brother: “We haven’t heard from her for a month”
June 28, 2010
Unconfirmed reports, published on June 27th, indicated that Zeynab Jalalian was at imminent risk of execution. Jalalian has been sentenced to death and there have been no recent reports that confirm the execution of her sentence.
Jalaliian is a 28 year old female, born in Maku, and has been sentenced to death for cooperating with the PJAK party in 2009. She was arrested in Kermanshah in 2009 and was later transferred to the Sanandaj Prison. She was then transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison for undisclosed reasons. She is held in the security ward even though she has already been sentenced.
She was sentenced to death for Moharebeh(waging war against God) on October of 2009 and the appeals court upheld the sentence. Her court session lasted a few minutes and her attorney was not present. Jalalian has not accepted the charges brought against her.
The recent executions add to the concerns and public support is greatly appreciated. Despite the difficulties, we have been able to find her family with the help others.
Zeynab’s family has not heard anything in regards to the execution of her sentence. In an interview with RAHANA, her younger brother stated that after their follow-ups, the authorities have stated that her file has been lost.
He further stated that in her last phone call which was a month ago, “Zeynab has mentioned that she is held in Evin Prison.” Zeynab has not contacted them since then and they have not been able to receive any information as to her condition.
He also said that they are helpless and in their last contact with the authorities, it was stated that her file has not been found and they have no information as to her condition.
Losing a case file has happened before for the prisoners who were sentenced to death. Pasha Jalalian, Zeynab’s other brother, stated that “the family has no news in regards to her case and her attorneys have not been able to follow up on her case.”
According to Pasha, they had “hired two attorneys for Zeynab; however, her lawyers were not able to do anything since the court never provided them with the case file.”
Pasha criticized the human rights activist and stated that “many have contacted them to help; however, no one has done anything.”
He mentioned that “the attorneys have not been able to do anything but we expect more from the activists.” He also added that “if nothing changes, Zeynab will be executed soon since her sentence has been upheld.”
Khalil Bahramian who had tried to serve as Zeynab’s lawyer stated that he has not been able to access the case file and the only way to help her is to contact the UN Secretary General and ask for his direct intervention.
Despite the efforts, there is no information as to Zeynab’s condition and her case file.
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June 27, 2010
Unconfirmed news published on Sunday June 27 indicate the imminent execution of female Kurdish prisoner Zeynab Jalalian is to take place early in the morning Monday June 28. RAHANA has contacted the attorney at law Khalil Bahramian to verify this news.
In an interview with RAHANA, Mr Bahramian, who had tried to serve as Zeynab Jalalian’s lawyer a while ago, said: “I made several follow-ups after hearing this issue; however, I could not find any other reports and am not aware whether the news [of Zeynab’s imminent execution] holds true to not.”
Mr Bahramian continued: “Although Zeynab should be detained at the public ward of Evin prison now, she has been transferred to Evin ward 209 which increases the concerns about her situation.”
“I do not have any phone number or contact information from her family and relatives, therefore I have not succeeded in filing her defense bill,” he added.
Mr Bahramian also said: “In case the authenticity of this news is confirmed, the only way to halt the execution is by contacting the UN Secretary General, so that through his intervention we could follow up Zeynab’s fate and halt the execution”
Zeynab Jalalian was arrested in 2007 in the western city of Kermanshah and transferred to Kermanshah prison. Recently news upon her transfer to the ward 209 of Evin prison was published although the reason of this transfer remains unknown.