The General Justice of Kurdistan Province has announced the execution of Haidar Ghorbani, a political prisoner, on December 19, 2021 in Sanandaj Prison. According to the statement, Mr. Ghorbani was charged with “fornication, complicity in the premeditated murder of three people” and membership in groups opposed to the Islamic Republic.

The prisoner was sentenced to death in August 2020, and in recent months human rights activists have repeatedly warned of possible executions, citing torture and forced confessions.

In September of this year, Javid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and eight human rights experts, issued a joint statement stating that the political prisoner had never been armed, expressing “serious concerns about a fair trial and torture.” They demanded that the death sentence be overturned.

The statement, which was also signed by the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, referred to the detainee’s detention in solitary confinement, lack of access to a lawyer during interrogation, and stressed that the verdict against the detainee was based on It was based on an “armed uprising against the government”, but the same sentence emphasized that “Mr. Ghorbani was never armed.”

Mr. Ghorbani’s lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, had previously stated that Mr. Ghorbani had been sentenced to death on the charge of “prostitution”: “It is against the Islamic Republic, but my client has never made a confession in this regard, and the only reason to prove this accusation was the claim of the Sanandaj and Kamyaran intelligence services.”

Haidar Ghorbani was arrested along with his wife’s brother Mahmoud Sadeghi in October 2017 on charges of “collaborating and assisting in the murder of several members of the Revolutionary Guards.”

He has been under pressure to make a forced confession since his arrest, and the Iranian government-run Press TV has previously aired a video of the Kurdish political prisoner’s forced confession.

Amnesty International called for Mr. Heydari’s death sentence to be overturned and for a fair trial to be held in August, citing forced confessions.

Mr. Ghorbani’s son, Hyman Ghorbani, had previously posted a video on social media declaring his father innocent and calling on human rights activists and international organizations to prevent his father from being executed.

He also said that all of his father’s confessions had been obtained through physical and psychological torture by security forces.