Mahdavi is a 28-year-old sympathizer of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, which
the government has outlawed. The authorities arrested him in 2001 and charged
him with the crime of “armed resistance against the state.” Mahdavi’s trial did not meet
international standards for fair trial because he was denied access to a lawyer.
The court sentenced him to death, and he is now being held in Gohardasht prison
According to Iranian activists, the prison chief and his executive deputy over the past two weeks have repeatedly told Mahdavi that he will be executed during the Persian New Year holidays.
Human Rights Watch
expressed grave concern for Mahdavi’s safety, particularly following the
February 7 execution of a member of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, Hojat
Zamani, in Gohardasht prison in
Human Rights Watch called on the Iranian government to halt all executions of prisoners and to hold a fair and public trial for Mahdavi with access to legal counsel, or to release him from detention.
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