No.: 400/ 2006
Date: 18 October 2006
Re UPDATE OF A COMPLAINT ON THE GROUNDS OF ARBITRARY TRIALS CONCERNING MR. ABBAS LEYSANLI (LESANI)
We refer to our formal complaint against the relevant authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran violating human rights of Mr. Abbas LEYSANLI (also known as: Lisani or Lesani) on 31 August 2006 (our letter Ref: 378/2006). At the time, the relevant Iranian authorities were depriving Mr. Leysanli of his liberty, as well as pressing six concurrent court cases against him defining the scale of the arbitrary actions suffered by Mr. Leysanli. We provided the translation of one court sentence for your attention and objected to its charges and verdict. Now we have another such court sentence for your attention and an update and further evidence for the substantiation of our Complaint.
We are pleased to let you know that Mr. Leysanli was released on bail (amount: 80 million Riyal, equivalent to $8000) on 26 September 2006 at 2.00 p.m. His release, even on bail, was not expected and therefore we attributed this to the probable application of your mandate on safeguarding Mr. Leysanli’s human rights and undoubtedly to the Urgent Action by Amnesty International. We are grateful for all campaigns, even though we remain in the dark on your confidential actions. Although his release on bail was significant, efforts directed at safeguarding his human rights should not falter.
The Sentence on Case 2, as referred to in our Complaint, is the point of this Update. The Judge appears very capable of violating human rights and has no understanding of the right to demonstration. He falsely accuses Mr. Leysanli of arson and completely discards Mr. Leysanli’s defence. Now Mr. Leysanli speaks in freedom and completely rejects the accusation. Please refer to a recent telephone interview of Mr. Leysanli in Radio Ferda, where he states his unequivocal commitment to non-violent and democratic means of struggle: http://www.azadtribun.net/Farda1.mp3.
Once again, we would like to mention that we have not consulted with Mr. Leysanli in compiling this update. It is necessary to mention this, as the authorities are intimidating activists particularly when they are released on bail. We endeavour to inform you in the near future of the tactics employed by the authorities to intimidate Southern Azerbaijani activists but at this point we protest in the strongest terms against acts such as lashings of these highly intelligent individuals. We believe such acts reflect the racist mindset underlying the Islamic Republic of Iran.
As part of our Complaint for safeguarding human rights of Mr. Leysanli, we request your kind action towards quashing all cases against Mr. Leysanli; restoring his right to freedom of speech; lifting of the ban on Mr. Leysanli’s business and appropriate compensation for this. We thank you in advance.
For and on behalf of
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis