Your brothers, executed 27th December 2012, Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj (Persian date: 7/10/1391)
Behnam Rahimi (left) was born in 1980. When he was six years old, his younger brother, Asghar Rahimi (right) was born. The two brothers grew up in Sanandaj, northwest Iran.
On July 30, 2009, Behnam Rahimi was arrested. His brother, Asghar, was arrested after less than a month, on August 28, 2009. A few weeks later, on September 27, their cousin, Farhad Rahimi, was assassinated. Many suspect that the Iranian regime was complicit in his murder.
Both Behnam and Asghar were tortured in prison.
On February 12, 2011, after one and a half years in prison, the men were sentenced to death in Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. They were not given access to a lawyer. They were blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled throughout the court proceedings.
The men were among a group of ten men who were sentenced in the same court appearance, presided over by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh. Judge Moghisseh, notorious for his harsh sentences and unfair trials, was named by the European Union in 2011 as an individual subject to sanctions for human rights violations.
On November 13 2012 they were transferred to Ghezel Hesar prison. After just over a month, on December 27th, Behnam, Asghar and four other Sunni men, were hanged. They were not given a chance to meet or speak with their families before their execution. Even after their deaths, their families were not given the bodies of the men. They were buried by the Iranian authorities.
Mokhtar and Bahman Rahimi are brothers, currently awaiting execution in Iran. They are cousins of Behnam and Asghar (executed 2012). Mohammad Yavar Rahimi is their cousin, also awaiting execution. The three men were held in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj.
Mokhtar Rahimi was removed from his cell on Sunday 29 September, and taken to an unknown location, with another Sunni political prisoner (Sheikh Kaveh Vaisi).
Fears are growing for their safety. There has been no news about their whereabouts.