“Mohammad Abdollahi, a death row Kurdish political prisoner in the Orumiyeh Central Prison, officially announced in a letter sent to the head of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to have launched an unlimited hunger-strike in order to be granted a fair retrial on 29 May 2016. He wrote that he will continue his strike to obtain justice,” a reliable source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
“After having acknowledged the letter, the prison governor summoned the prisoner twice to ask him to put an end to his hunger strike. However, Abdollahi refused the request to end his hunger strike. The ‘prison mediator’ has promised to visit him on 6 June,” the source said.
Abdollahi, 35, is Kurdish citizen from Boukan, a Kurdish town in West Azerbaijan Province in northwest Iran.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guardian Corps (IRGC) in the Kurdish city of Mahabad arrested him on 19 March 2011.
He was held for 91 days in a “Security Detention Centre” where he was brutally tortured and repeatedly interrogated.
He was later transferred to Mahabad prison, from where he was transferred to the Intelligence agency office of Mahabad and interrogated every day for one week.
After seven court sessions, he was finally charged with “Moharebeh” (enmity against God) for alleged membership in an outlawed Kurdish party.
The Mahabad Islamic Revolutionary Court under the presidency of Judge Javadikia sentenced him to death on 21 September 2013.
His lawyer appealed against the sentence and his file was sent to the Appeal Court of Western Azerbaijan Province and to the Supreme Court of Iran.
He was officially notified of his death sentence on 26 March 2014.
He demanded retrial two years ago but the Iranian authorities ignored his request.
Kurdistan Human Rights Network publishes a copy of the letter by Mohammad Abdollahi sent to the head of the Iranian Judiciary.
A copy was also sent to Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur of human rights affairs in Iran.