Confessions were under "extraordinary circumstances": Attorney of three protesters awaiting execution
Babak Paknia, the attorney of the three young protesters whose death sentences were confirmed by the supreme court, says that the judiciary did not allow the defense attorneys to access the details of the case its procedure, and the confessions were not taken under “normal circumstances”.
Paknia told the Emtedad news channel on Thursday: “When the case was opened for them, I accepted their defense. But unfortunately, I was not given access to the case and its procedure, and I wasn’t able to get to the details of the case.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Iran confirmed the death sentences of Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi, all under 30 years of age, for their participation in the country-wide protests in November.
According to Paknia, during the trial, the defense attorney was not allowed to participate in the process and Judge Abolqasem Salavati finally sentenced them all to death.
“We transferred the case from Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court to the Supreme Court. But when we contacted the Supreme Court, we found out that the case was not registered in a public archive and was registered under a special category, so they would not tell us which branch has the case,” the attorney added.
Judge Salavati, also known as the “hanging judge” among Iranian activists, was sanctioned by the United States for violations of human rights and “unfair trials in Iranian Kangaroo courts.”