IRAN - 18 year-old Protester Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi sentenced to death
|IRAN - Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi
January 25, 2023:
Protester Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi sentenced to death
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi is an 18-year-old Baluch citizen from Zahedan. He was arrested during the nationwide protests, on October 5, 2022, and since the Iranian Judiciary sentenced him to Moharebeh (War on God) he is at risk of execution.
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi, son of Sharif, was born on February 7, 2004, and is a third-year high school student. He left his home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, to purchase medicine. He was ill and had gone to the pharmacy to have his doctor’s prescription provided. The pharmacy is located on Madani Street near the Makki Mosque of Zahedan. Intelligence forces who were situated in the area arrested him outside the pharmacy. He was taken to an undisclosed location in a private car.
Eyewitnesses say that officials approached him outside the pharmacy like they have done with others after Zahedan’s Bloody Friday. They stopped and questioned him as they did with everyone else. They checked his cell phone and found a video of the protests and took him to a detention center and charged with “Corruption on Earth.”
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi was charged with “Corruption on Earth” for having videos of the protests. They charged him with being a protest leader. He was forced to sign documents under torture that allowed him to be sentenced to Moharebeh. Shoaib’s eyes were covered at all times during interrogations, even when they forced him to sign the papers, he had not been able to read them.
Zahedan’s Shahid Nouri Criminal Court, located on Behdasht Boulevard, held a hearing for Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi on December 19, 2022, and issued him a death sentence. He was denied the right to an attorney and sat only one trial while blindfolded. According to haalvsh.org, “His family had not been informed of the trial and was not allowed to appoint an attorney to explain the proceedings to them. The court only held one trial and brought Shoaib from prison and sentenced him to death on charges of corruption on earth.”
Shoaib’s death sentence was announced to him in Zahedan Prison and since then his contact with family have been cut off and they do not know of his condition.
Intelligence officials told Shoaib’s mother, “Your child is guilty of a political crime, and you have no right to come here.”
To pressure his family, security forces also contacted Shoaib’s younger brother, who is under 18, and wanted him to come to the Intelligence Office. The court gave Shoaib’s family 20 days to make an appeal.
https://iran-hrm.com/2023/01/25/shoaib-mir-baluchzehi-full-of-passion-for-life-dont-execute-him/ (Source: Iran-HRM)