Iran: Death row political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi on the verge of execution

Ramin Hossein Panahi

The case of death row political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi, has been sent to the office in charge of implementing executions, his lawyer Hossein Ahmadi Niaz said.

“On Thursday, May 17, when I went to the Sanandaj Court to investigate the lates status of my client I found that his case has been sent to the implementation of verdict unit,” while expressing concern over the imminent execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, Ahmadi Niaz announced.

He believes that the case has reached the implementation process much faster than other death row prisoners.

The political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi had been previously taken to a quarantine ward for his scheduled execution on May 2, 2018, but he was moved out of solitary confinement following international outcry by the UN and human rights groups over his scheduled execution.

Amnesty International released a statement on May 1, 2018, calling the Iranian authorities to quashed the death sentence and said, “Ramin Hossein Panahi’s case has been a breathtaking miscarriage of justice from start to finish. After appearing at his trial reportedly bearing torture marks on his body he was convicted in less than an hour. “

Ramin Hossein Panahi was sentenced to death in January 2018 for “taking up arms against the state” (baqi). His conviction was based upon his membership of the armed Kurdish opposition group Komala, but no evidence linking him to activities involving intentional killing – the required threshold under international law for imposing the death penalty – was presented at his trial.