A woman named Zeynep Jalaliyan, whose whereabouts is unknown, is under the threat of execution. It is stated that Celaliyan, whose case is sent to the Execution Institution, could be executed at any time. Another Kurdish political captive named Hebibulla Gulperipur, who is in Mahabad prison, is also under the threat of execution. It has been found out that Gulperipur, who has been tortured for going on hunger strike, is constantly receiving death threats. In the meantime, although it has been 52 days, the bodies of 5 captives, 4 of whom are from PJAK, who have been executed on 9th May, are not still delivered to their families.
Zeinab, 27, is from Maku, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran in province of West Azerbaijan. She was arrested in May 2008 in Kermanshah and accused of ‘waging war against God’ (Mohareb) and belonging to the PKK (an outlawed political organization).
Her “trial,” in which she was denied legal defense, lasted about 5 minutes, reminiscent of the 1988 mass executions of thousands of political prisoners, for which there is now a demand to convene an international court to try the perpetrators. Zeinab was sentenced to death in that sham trial and the sentence has been upheld. Originally imprisoned in Kermanshah prison, she was transferred to the detention center of the Ministry of Information in March 2010, and has now been moved to the “enforcement” section of the facility, signaling impending execution.
Here is 27-year old Zeinab Jalalian’s letter to the world, pleading for help:
Dear Human Rights Organisations:
My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان). I am a 27-year-old Kurdish female political prisoner in prison in Iran. My death sentence was confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.
I am currently ill because of torture and I don’t have any lawyer to defend me. I want to tell you that my trial took only few minutes. The Court told me: “You are an enemy of God. You must be hanged very soon.” That was the sum of my entire court process. I asked the judge to give me permission to say good bye to my mother and family before my execution. He told me to “shut up” and rejected my request.
Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان)