No.: 380 / 2006

Date: 16 September 2006

                                                                                               

 The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva,

 

         Please circulate this letter to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (also for Fair Trials)

 

CC    Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London

 

 

 

 

Mr. Rza Abbasi

Dear sir/madam

Re    AN UPDATE ON OUR COMPLAINT IN SUPPORT OF MR. RZA ABBASI

We would like to provide you further update regarding our complaints on 5 September 2006 related to arbitrary detention of Mr. Rza Abbasi, deprived of his liberty by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The new information is as follows:

  • Amnesty International has now issued an Urgent Action recognizing him as a prisoner of consciences, see the link: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE131012006
  • Mr. Abbasi has now been tried in a closed session court twice, disallowed the presence of his lawyer and parents in the first closed session on 5 September 2006 but his only lawyer was allowed in the second closed session trial 11 September 2006. The charges appearing to be “insulting the Leader” and “propaganda against the system.”

We are not providing you any further document, as the Urgent Action by Amnesty International and our previous letters provide you all the relevant information. However, we would like to add that the authorities acted in an obstructionist fashion for Mr. Abbasi’s first lawyer but his second lawyer (Mr. Khelili from Association of Defending the Rights of Prisoners) has some opportunity in attending the second trial.

The fact is that Mr. Abbasi’s detention has been illegal in the first place and now the proceedings of his trial have also been conducted in an illegal fashion. We therefore wish to reiterate our complaint against the above irregularities, although we are not in any consultation with Mr. Abbasi, his family or with his lawyer in raising this complaint. The delivery of his sentence is expected to be next week and your speedy action can hopefully prevent a miscarriage of justice.

Yours faithfully,

Boyuk Resuloglu

Chairperson of the Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Azərbaijani Turkic

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