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URGENT APPEAL: Reza Alinejad's Case Is Sent To Iran's Head of Judiciary in Tehran

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June 14, 2007, Reza Alinejad's mother and sister contacted human rights lawyer, Lily Mazahery, to inform her that Reza's case had been sent from Shiraz to Tehran to be reviewed by the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:31 pm
Reza Alinejad's Case Is Sent To Iran's Head of Judiciary in Tehran

On Thursday, June 14, 2007, Reza Alinejadís mother and sister contacted human rights lawyer, Lily Mazahery, to inform her that Rezaís case had been sent from Shiraz to Tehran to be reviewed by the head of Iranís judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi. According to reports, the file was sent on or around May 3. Typically, it takes one month from the time that a case is transferred to Tehran for Ayatollah Shahroudi to receive the information.

Mrs. Alinejad asked Ms. Mazahery to do all that is possible to help her young son from execution. Ms. Mazahery has informed various human rights organizations, inside Iran and around the world, about Rezaís case, including this new development. Additionally, those who have not already signed the petition to save Reza's life are highly encouraged to do so and to spread the word about this case.

Five years ago, Reza Alinejad accidentally killed a man when he was attempting to defend himself from the manís attacks with a deadly weapon. At the time of the incident, Reza was only 17 years old. Witnesses present at the incident, including one of Rezaís attackers, have testified under oath that Reza was only defending himself and that the decedent had attacked him with a deadly weapon without provocation.

Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Both of the treaties prohibit the use of the death penalty against child offenders- persons who are under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged offence. Nevertheless, Iran continues to impose the death penalty against child offenders. In 2006, Iran executed at least four child offenders, including one boy who was still under the age of 18 at the time of his execution.

An international campaign has been organized to save Rezaís life:, including a petition demanding for a stay of execution:

Related information:

Background information on Rezaís case:

Amnesty International Urgent Action Alert for Reza Alinejad:

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:32 pm
An Open Letter to Human Rights Organizations, Activists, and Concerned Individuals and Entities Worldwide

Reza Alinejad is in imminent risk of execution by hanging in Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) for accidentally killing a man in self-defence when he was only 17 years old. Based on the evidence presented, as well as the reasons explained below, we hereby object vehemently to Rezaís death sentence and declare that the sentence of death issued in this case flies in the face of international laws and violates established norms of civilized societies.

In December 2002, when Reza was only 17 years old, he, along his friend Hadi, were visiting a market where they had purchased and were eating some food when some men approached them and began to verbally assault and abuse the two teenagers. The boys were soon engaged in a verbal altercation with the men when one of the attackers, Ismaeel, pulled out a weapon and began to beat both Reza and Hadi with it. Reza, who, at this point was terrified of what was happening, felt that he needed to defend himself and his younger friend from the devastating blows. In an attempt to scare and fend off his attackers, Reza pulled out a pocket knife and, while covering his face and eyes from the blows with his left hand, he attempted to ward off his attackers with the knife in his right hand. As Reza struggled with his attackers in this manner, he accidentally stabbed Ismaeel with the knife. The stabbing ultimately led to Ismaeelís death and Reza was arrested on charges of murder and imprisoned accordingly.

During the initial investigation of this case, certain exculpatory facts were established for the record, including the testimony of the decedentís own friend, Mohammad, who was present when the aforementioned altercation took place. Mohammad admitted that he and Ismaeel had in fact started the fight and had, without provocation, attacked the two teenagers with their weapons. He conceded that their actions were so aggressive that he could understand why the two boys had acted as they had in self-defence. According to Mohammadís own account, the teenagers did not have any way of escaping as they were surrounded and overpowered. In fact, the teenagers had suffered serious injuries during the attack and had to be hospitalized.

Another eyewitness -- who was not a participant in the altercation -- confirmed Mohammadís account of the events. His testimony left no doubt about the fact that Reza was not only engaged in self-defence during the altercation, but that he had no choice but to use the force that he did to save his own life as well as that of his younger friend.

Despite overwhelming evidence establishing that young Reza was acting in self-defence when he stabbed Ismaeel, as well as evidence proving that Reza had not intended nor planned to kill Ismaeel, and despite the fact Reza was a minor at the time of the incident, branch six of Fessaís criminal court sentenced Reza to death by public hanging.

On appeal, branch 101 of Fessaís appellate court approved the lower courtís ruling, opining that: (a) Reza should have retreated from the scene of the fight; and (b) he did not have to use a knife to defend himself. The appellate courtís ruling defies the evidence in this case, which clearly establish that neither Reza nor Hadi had any way of escaping the scene of the fight and that Reza would have been beaten to death with a deadly weapon had he not attempted to ward off his attacker. Without granting a full review of the case, Iranís Supreme Court upheld Rezaís death sentence.

The Supreme Courtís ruling, as well as those of the lower courts before it, is in direct violation of international law, as well as established norms of civilized societies. As explained previously, at the time of the incident in question, Reza was a minor. Article 37 of the Covenant on the Right of the Child, to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a signatory, prohibits the execution of individuals for acts or crimes committed before the age of majority. Because the IRI has accepted to abide by the governing international rules and treaties, it is prohibited from sentencing Reza to death for acting in self-defence when he was only 17 years old. The fact that Reza has reached the age of majority during his imprisonment is irrelevant. The controlling date for the purposes of this international statute is the date when the incident at issue occurred. In this case, the incident occurred when Reza was a teenager and a minor. As such, Rezaís impending execution is in direct violation of international law. Additionally, such an execution would establish the IRIís disregard for its obligations to the international community.

Accordingly, we

submit that the execution order of Reza Alinejad is unjust and illegal and must be vacated immediately;
request that an order of clemency be issued in this case, leading to Rezaís release from prison as his actions were clearly dictated by the natural right of every human to defend him/herself from serious physical injury or death; and
strongly condemn the IRI for its flagrant violations of international human rights laws and standards.

Lily Mazahery, Attorney At Law

Reprinted with the express permission of Ms. Lily Mazahery, Esq.


Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 4:19 pm
noted and thanks Indigo for the story....

Cheryl B (375)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 4:23 pm
noted, signed some time back and put on my group

Mara G (411)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 4:29 pm
Noted and signed Indigo. Thanks I certainly hope they listen to our plea for this boys life. Such is so-called justice in many third world countries and even here in America. Kill first, ask questions later.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 4:47 pm
Yes signed. Thankyou

Lauren Stone (586)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 4:52 pm
Sig. 444...Long time ago

Dusty K (1339)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 5:10 pm
Signed as well Indigo....awhile back. Will crosspost.........

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 5:52 pm
Thank you for signing.

This is a case that has been urgent for some time. It is only now that the files have been transferred to the head of the judiciary to execute that we are escalating efforts once more.

I cannot imagine what it must be like for a child living such horrid conditions for years awaiting death and never knowing when it would come.

That alone is torture and both Reza and Delara have endured unbearable abuse.

They cannot be free soon enough.

Please pass this petiton link on to your friends.

Thank you again. X


Jennie B (14)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 6:41 pm
Signed and Forwarded. Thank you Indigo. Noted.

Bobbie W (113)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 6:57 pm
Noted and signed. Will add him to my prayers.

Rachel R (121)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 8:37 pm
noted and he is in my thoughts

Chetna P (306)
Friday June 15, 2007, 1:33 am
Noted and signed

Sammantha L (126)
Friday June 15, 2007, 5:47 am
noted, signed, forward, and praying......

Past Member (0)
Friday June 15, 2007, 6:12 am
noted & signed

Past Member (0)
Friday June 15, 2007, 6:15 pm
We would appreciate it very much if those who have taken time to note this story would take a moment to both sign the petiton and comment that they have.

We must gather as many signature as possible in a short space of time.

We may have one month. It may also be a matter of days.

This is urgent beyond urgent.

Please pass this on to all of your contacts and encourage as many as possible to help us save Reza's life.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 20, 2007, 8:34 pm




We call upon all persons, from every nation, culture, ethnicity, religion, and organization to take whatever action is possible to protest the injustice to Reza A Please contact the officials in Iran and around the world to register your protest and demand justice and freedom for Reza Alinejad.


The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei


+98 21 64412020

∑ The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi


+98-21 22741002

+98-21 22741003

+98-21 22741004

+98-21 22741005

∑ The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


+98 21 88825071

+98 21 8882507 2

+98 21 8882507 3

+98 21 8882507 4

+98 21 8882507 5

If you have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran, please contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence for some of whom the telephone and fax numbers are listed below.

∑ United States: Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C.


(202) 965-4990
(202) 965-4991
(202) 965-4992
(202) 965-4993
(202) 965-4994
(202) 965-4999


(202) 965-1073
(202) 965-4990

∑ Canada: Embassy of Iran in Ottawa


613 2354726

613 2325712

∑ United Kingdom: Embassy of Iran in London





∑ Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva


(41-22)332 21 00-21


(41-22)733 02 03

∑ United Arab Emirates: Embassy of Iran in Abu Dhabi





∑ Denmark: Embassy of Iran in Copenhagen





∑ Norway: Embassy of Iran in Oslo


(+47) 23 27 29 60


(+47) 22 55 49 19

∑ Russia: Embassy of Iran in Moscow


9178655, 9179679, 9175219, 9177282, 9170039, 9172442, 9178959


2302897 , 9179683

∑ Finland, Embassy of Iran


+358-9-6869 240


+358-9-6869 2410

∑ South Africa, Embassy of Iran


+27 (012) 342 58 80 / 1 Ė


+27 (012) 342 18 78

∑ Germany, Embassy of Iran in Frankfurt


+49 (0) 69 56 000 739 Ė 740


+49 (0) 69 56 000 728

∑ India, Embassy of Iran in New Delhi


+91-11-23329600/ 01/ 02




Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 20, 2007, 11:03 pm
Noted/thanks ...will pass on to others....

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 1:45 am
You can also send your appeals electronically via the judiciary website:

Note: The fields are written in Persian. 1st line is for your Name; 2nd your Email; 3rd the Subject (which should read "URGENT LETTER TO AYATOLLAH HASHEMI SHAHROUDI REGARDING ______;4th is for your Comments.

Should you have any questions, please contact . For more information, visit:

Past Member (0)
Friday June 22, 2007, 6:30 am
thank you for this story Star. Its sad. NOTED!

Martin K (80)
Friday June 22, 2007, 10:09 am
Duly noted and signed, I wrote a letter to the embassy on ending this custom. Thank you Indigo for your tireless efforts on behalf of these unfortunate victims.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 1:25 am
Please stay with these campaigns as Indigo and Kalima have been threatened with death if they remain on Care2.

Care2's response to this when they reported the matter, was that they were banned.

The perpetrator still roams freely on this site and no disciplinary action has been taken against him.

And this full knowing he has threatened many and like Indigo, each one was banned for reporting him and he remained.

There is no justice in this.

This was a politically motivated attack to stop her from advocating for the rights of women and children.

The perpetrator hates all Muslims and as Indigo supported all campaigns for them she was "taken out" and this plot was hatched long ago and finally took effect last week.

Members of the community who were aware of this are coming forward with helpful information that is being given to her lawyer and they are gathering more.

They will not be returning but Indigo is deeply concerned that these campaigns and all news items related to them, continue to gather community support and all the signatures, letters, faxes and phone calls needed to ensure a happy resolution for these people.

She is leaving this in your hands now and she also asks that you guard these items from those who hate.

If anyone posts derogatory or hateful comments, please flag them and report all abuse, demanding that their coments be removed from each thread.

This is especially urgent with all threads for the children of Iran.

Cherish them as she did and always will.

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