Reza Rasaei, a 34-year-old activist and participant in the nationwide protests of 2022, has been sentenced to execution on the charge of murdering Nader Beyrami, the head of the Intelligence Organization of the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Sahneh, Kermanshah. The verdict for Mr. Rasaei was issued by the Second Branch of the Criminal Court in Kermanshah province.
Reza Rasaei is a Kurdish citizen and a follower of the Yarsanism faith. Despite the lack of evidence and documentation to prove his guilt, this verdict was issued under pressure from the Iranian regime’s head of the judiciary. Throughout the entire detention period, Mr. Rasaei has been deprived of his basic rights, including access to legal representation and in-person visits.
Iran’s Judiciary has charged Reza Rasai with Moharebeh. It is also holding this young man responsible for the killing of Nader Beirami. The state has also condemned Mr. Rasai for acting against national security and attempting to escape from the police. Since his arrest to date, Mr. Rasai has been subjected to the most brutal torture. The torturers have broken Reza’s toes and his ribs to force him to confess to the killing.
According to a witness, the moment Nader Beirami was killed, and the crowd surrounded him, Reza stood next to me with a placard. He went forward to see what had happened. I had recently been beaten and injured. Reza wanted to be by my side and help. He was not involved at all. They recognized him because he had previously campaigned to release his cousin (his uncle’s son,) who had political activities. So, they arrested him immediately.
The Ahl-e Haqq minority in Iran is not recognized as an independent religion by the regime’s Constitution. Its adherents are deprived of many political and social rights.
The Iran Human Rights Monitor (IranHRM) draws the attention of the international community to the fact that the Iranian judiciary is hastily handing down death sentences to protesters while the war in the Middle East has dominated the headlines. Human Rights organizations should take appropriate action to prevent the regime from perpetrating its crimes.