Farzad Kamangar (فرزاد کمانگر) was a 32-year-old Iranian Kurdish teacher and social worker from the city of Kamyaran, Iran who was executed on May 9, 2010.
Mr. Kamangar’s crime was being a Kurd. He taught at an elementary school in the northwestern Iranian city of Kamyaran, where he was a member of the Kurdistan Teachers Union and wrote for various underground human rights publications. He secretly taught his Kurdish students their banned language and told stories about their culture and history. He was arrested in July 2006 and subjected to beatings, whippings, electric shocks, malnourishment, sleep deprivation, and solitary confinement in cold, squalid cells. His cries of torment were drowned out by loud tapes playing passages from the Koran.
Mr. Kamangar was given a five-minute trial in February 2008. His lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, told The Washington Times by phone from Iran last year that there was «absolutely no evidence against Farzad that connects him to a terrorist group or activity.» Farzad, he said, «is a teacher, a poet, a journalist, a human rights activist and a special person.» And no such evidence was presented to the court, or was needed for it to make its perfunctory, predetermined ruling.
He was sentenced to death based on absolutely zero evidence, according to his lawyer.
Farzad Kamangar was prosecuted on charges of mohareb «enmity towards God». According to his lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, Nothing in Kamangars judicial files and records demonstrates any links to the charges brought against him.
Bahramian, the lawyer, who was present during the closed-door court hearing, described it as
Lasting no more than five minutes, with the Judge issuing his sentence without any explanation and then promptly leaving the room. … I have seen absolutely zero evidence presented against Kamangar. In my forty years in the legal profession, I have never witnessed such a prosecution.
For this denial, Kamangar was repeatedly tortured. Amnesty International reports that Mr. Kamangar was repeatedly beaten, flogged, and electrocuted, and that he now suffers from spasms in his arms and legs as a result of the torture.
The Supreme Court officially confirmed Kamangar’s death sentence on July 11, 2008.
Kamangar was one of six political prisoners highlighted in International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s September 18, 2008 document «Rights Crisis Escalates, Faces and Cases from Ahmadinejad’s Crackdown»
Kamangar participated in the hunger strike to protest the execution of Ehsan Fatahian. Another Kurdish opposition who he was executed few months before on same false charges.
Read his letter from http://zamaaneh.com/maroufi/2010/05/post_249.html