On 5th August 2020, Branch 27 of Iran’s Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani, a member of the Kurdish community, who is accused of cooperation in the killing of several members of the Revolutionary Guard and membership in the outlawed Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK).
He was arrested along with his brother-in-law Mahmoud Sadeqi by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in 2016 and immediately transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison.
They were both accused of cooperation in the killing of several members of the Revolutionary Guard and membership of the banned Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK).
According to his family, Heydar Ghorbani was forced to confess under duress and psychological torture. His forced confessions were later broadcasted on Press TV, the English channel of the Iranian state-run television, in 2017. This force confession has allowed the Iranian regime to execute Mr Ghorbani.
The Iranian regime regime has stepped up it's arrest and execution of Kurdish minorities so oppress the Kurdish people.
Daian Eltahawy, from Amnesty International recently stated:
“Iran’s increasing use of the death penalty as a political weapon for repression is alarming and warrants the immediate attention of the international community. Without urgent diplomatic and public action, more lives in Iran are at risk of being cut short by the state’s execution machine".