June 10, 2020
The father of a Kurd political prisoner was told today that his son was executed in a northwestern Iran prison 20 days ago. Hedayat Abdollahpour, a death row political prisoner, was held at Urmia Prison in West Azerbaijan Province.
According to human rights groups, his lawyer and family were not informed of the execution and were not given the customary “last visit” with their loved one.
In another breach of the law, Abdollahpour’s body was not given to his family and was buried in an unknown location.
His brother, Farhad Abdollahpour told the Human Rights News Agency that when his father went to the Implementation Unit of the Urmia Judiciary today, he was told that the death sentence was carried out 20 days ago.
“My father said that we could not visit his grave,” he added.
It is not unprecedented for the Iranian regime to hang and bury political prisoners in secret.
Hedayat Abdollahpour was transferred to Urmia’s Intelligence Agency Detention Center on May 9.
He was detained along with dozens of other people on June 15, 2016 after a clash in his village in Qarah Soqol in Oshnavieh.
The clash was between the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the IRGC, with casualties on both sides. Those arrested were suspected of supporting the Kurdish group.
After his arrest, he was detained in the Urmia IRGC detention center for three months where he was subjected to severe torture.
Abdollahpour was sentenced to execution for “enmity with God” in February 2017 by the 2nd Branch of the Urmia Revolutionary Court.
Hedayat was married and had two children, Sirvan and Kurdistan.
Iran News Wire