Father of World’s Youngest Political Prisoner Is Executed in Iran
Included in this 11 were three political prisoners executed on Tuesday December 19, 2006 who were sentenced to death for “Waging a War on God.”
The regime has prevented relatives of the men from burying them in accordance with Islamic custom and is instead burying them in a mass, unmarked grave site called Lanat Abad or “place of the damned” (warning very gruesome).
The death sentences against 11 men, including the three executed on Tuesday, were condemned in a unanimous vote by the European Parliament as well as an Early Day Motion in the British Parliament.
Ali Matouri Zadeh, 30, had been forced to confess to heading an insurgent group after months of torture and threats to the lives of his wife and baby daughter, who were also imprisoned by the regime.
Correction: Ali Matouri Zadeh is the deceased father of the world’s youngest political prisoner, Salma.
Ali Matouri Zadeh was described by friends as a gentle and principled human rights activist. He was arrested in February along with his pregnant wife, 26 year old school teacher Fahima Ismaili Badawi (pictured). She gave birth to a baby girl named Salma in the notorious Sepidar Prison in March.
Both mother and daughter have remained in prison, with intelligence officials putting pressure on Fahima to denounce her husband, divorce him and change the girl’s name to a Persian one. She refused and was sentenced in June to 15 years imprisonment by Branch 3 of the Revolutionary court in Ahwaz City.
Ali Matouri Zadeh was forced to confess that he belonged to “a little-known militant group that has supposedly resurfaced more than 20 years after it vanished during the Iran-Iraq War.”
Fahima Ismaili Badawi, his wife, is still being held in Iranian prison.
Their daughter Salma is now nearly 9 months old.
Ahwaz.org has much more on this very sad story and several other brutal crimes by the regime in Iran.