Three Sunni prisoners of conscience have been sentenced to death in Iran.
Keyvan Momeni Fard, Farzad Honarjoo (Abu Bakr) and Shaho Ibrahimi were sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court. They are currently held in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj,
They were convicted of 'acting against national security' through alleged links to Salafi groups. The men have denied the charges.
A source told the HRA News Agency, "because of [Shaho Ibrahimi's] proselytizing activities [preaching Sunni Islam] he was arrested on April 12, 2010, just 24-hours after he had got married."
Shaho Ibrahami spent 4 months in the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj and 18 months in solitary confinement in Zanjan Intelligence agency. He was then transferred to Rajai Shahr prison.
"For two years since his transfer to Rajai Shahr prison [prison officials] have not issued a meeting permit for his wife [to visit him]," the source said.
The second prisoner sentenced to death, Keyvan Momeni Fard, was arrested on June 12, 2010.
"He was detained for 18 months in solitary confinement in the Ministry of Intelligence detention centers in Sanandaj and Zanjan," the source said, "during this time he was physically and psychologically tortured."
Farzad Honarjoo, a Sunni student and preacher from Kurdistan, was also sentenced to death. He was arrested on May 5, 2010 on charges of acting against national security.
He was detained for 21 months in the Ministry of Intelligence detention centers in Sanandaj and Zanjan, before being transferred to Evin prison in Tehran. He was then moved to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.
The source told the HRA News Agency, '[Farzad] spent 2 years in Rajai Shahr prison in uncertainty, not knowing what charges he faced. Finally, the courts issued a death sentence for him."
"The charge that resulted in this verdict [for the three men] was 'acting against national security' through links to Salafi groups," the source said, "however, throughout the entire trial, they have denied these charges."