Eduction International (EI) global unionI received deeply disturbing news from Iran overnight.
International has been informed that Farzad Kamangar, the Iranian Kurdish
teacher and social worker sentenced to death on "absolutely zero evidence"
according to his lawyer, could be hanged on Wednesday 26 November 2008.
According to several
reliable sources, he has been taken from his cell 121 in ward 209 of Tehran's
Evin prison in preparation for execution. Jail security officers are said to
have told him he is about to be executed and they make a fun of him, calling him
Court issued the death sentence against Kamangar on 25 February 2008. His lawyer
has said: "Nothing in Kamangar's judicial files and records demonstrates any
links to the charges brought against him." Kamangar was cleared of all charges
during the investigation process. The last time Kamangar was seen, he was at the
health clinic of Evin prison and his physical condition was poor. Witnesses
testify that he has been beaten again. Kamangar has not been allowed to see his
lawyer or family members for the past two months.
EI launched a
campaign appealing the Iranian authorities
to commute Kamangar's death sentence and ensure his case is reviewed fairly.
Over 1,700 online messages have been sent to President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in support of Kamangar.
Now, EI is once
again appealing to Iranian judicial authorities to halt the execution. EI is
also asking members of the international community urgently to intervene.