A second death sentence has been issued for political prisoner Shaker Behrouz based on a new cased filed against him. Mr. Behrouz is presently detained in the Central Prison of Urmia.
The First Branch of the Penal Court of Urmia issued the second death sentence on Saturday, December 26, for political prisoner Shaker Behrouzi on the charge of murdering Mamel Mohammadi, an IRGC member.
His trial was held on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.
Shaker Behrouzi, 32, is single and comes from Dizej of Urmia.
The family of the victim do not have any complaints against Shaker Behrouz and do not believe that he is the murderer. They have even declared that they are ready to testify about this in any court. But intelligence services have threatened to withdraw the aid granted to the family of the victim, who was an IRGC member, if they do not complain against Shaker Behrouz.
On the other hand, 12 other citizens from Dizej village are also prepared to testify that Mr. Shaker Behrouz was in his shop at the time of murder and he was not at the site of murder.
But the Court convened in the absence of the complainants and the witnesses.
Political prisoner Shaker Behrouz was initially tried by the Second Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia on the charge of “membership in the Kurdish Democratic Party o Iran.” He was sentenced to five years in prison. Subsequently, intelligence services fabricated a new case for him in July. The Second Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia held the trial. On 10 September 2020, the Court informed Mr. Behrouz’s lawyer that he had been sentenced to death on the charge of “armed insurgency and membership in a Kurdish opposition party.”
Shaker Behrouzi became a member of the KDPI in 2018, but in September of that year, he returned to Iran with guarantees that he would be safe. He reported in to the Intelligence Department of Urmia. After 14 days of interrogation he was released.
Intelligence agents arrested Mr. Behrouzi on 12 March 2019. They held him in solitary confinement for one year and 9 days at Al-Mahdi Corps of Urmia, and subsequently transferred him to the Central Prison of Urmia.
Mamel Mohammadi, a member of the IRGC, was killed on 13 March 2020, in Mergour region of Urmia by unidentified armed men.