Three Sunni prisoners of conscience, Farshid Nasseri, Timor Naderi Zadeh and Berezan Nasrollahzadeh have been sentenced to death in Iran.
They were convicted of Moharebeh through the support of Salafi groups, and were sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh, in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court.
One of the prisoners, Berezan Nasrollahzadeh was arrested in 2010 at the age of 17.
"Berezan was attacked by plain-clothed Intelligence agents as he was returning from school. He was shot in the abdomen," a source told HRA News Agency.
"Despite his insistence, he was only admitted to the local hospital for one hour, and then transferred to Sanandaj Intelligence Agency," he said.
"Due to the severity of his injuries and the lack of care he received, he lost his entire spleen," the source said.
"[Berezan] was severely tortured," he said, "finally, he made a [forced] video confession that he had contact with Salafi groups."
Speaking about the second Sunni prisoner sentenced to death, Farshid Nasseri, the source said, " [he] is a 26-year old Sunni from Sanandaj. He was arrested in November 2010 by the Ministry of Intelligence, and spent a period of thirteen months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency. Then he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj."
The third Sunni prisoner sentenced to death, 48-year-old Timor Naderizadeh, was arrested on June 10, 2010, in Sanandaj.
""He spent two months in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Intelligence Agency, and [also] spent 12 months in solitary confinement in the Information Administration Branch," the source told HRA News Agency, "[he was] then transferred to Rajai Shahr prison."
"All three men were sentenced to death for 'Moharabeh' (enmity) through the support of Salafi groups," the source said, "while throughout the trial they denied all the charges."
He continued, "it is believed that their arrest and death sentence is because they were promoting [Sunni] Islam."
Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.
In 2011, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that "Sunni Muslim leaders regularly are intimidated and harassed by intelligence and security services and report widespread official discrimination."