IRAN. KURD HANGED ON A STRETCHER
|The execution of Hekmat Damir
January 12, 2008: the Kurdish magazine Asu has published the photo of the execution in Iran of a Kurd with Turkish citizenship, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported.
Hekmat Damir was hanged on December 20, 2007 in the Khoi jail while still on the stretcher that was used to transport him from the prison hospital to his execution.
He was believed to be a member of the Kurdish group, PJAK, the Iranian branch of the Kurdish militant group PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party).
Damir was arrested two months ago, after he was found almost frozen to death by a platoon of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. He was accused of terrorism and of being a member of an armed group. His trial proceeded in the absence of a lawyer and he was condemned to death by hanging. The photo showed the blood stains on Damir's shirt and it is believed that he was tortured before being executed. (Sources: NCRI, 12/01/2008)