Thursday, November 26, 2009

Talabani appeals for lives of Iranian Kurdish youths

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani (C) lays a wreath of flowers
during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown
soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
17, 2009. REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Poo

The Kurdish Globe
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived in Tehran on Sunday.
Iranian authorities canceled the capital penalty against a number of Kurdish detainees based on a demand by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani during an informal visit to Tehran recently, reported Pukmedia, Talabani's official party website.

Although the news was denied by Iranian sources, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) website on Tuesday conveyed an anonymous source from Tehran assuring that Iranian authorities rescinded death sentences issued against a number of Iranian Kurds for different accusations depending on an appeal by President Talabani. The source didn't reveal the exact number of those convicts or any other details.

Returning from his official visit to France, Talabani arrived in Tehran on Sunday to appeal for the lives of those Iranian Kurds sentenced to death, a Suleimaniya-based newspaper reported.

Kurdish lawmakers in Iran last week asked the judiciary in the Islamic Republic to reconsider issuing death sentences on people from the Kurdish minority, fearing it was alienating the ethnic group from the regime.

Immediately, the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, rejected reports that the goal of President Talabani's trip was for that specific purpose, reported Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on Monday. "Jalal Talabani made an informal visit to Iran for medical treatment," said Qomi.

Reportedly, a number of Iranian Kurdish lawmakers addressed a letter of concern to judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani following the execution of an Iranian Kurd, Ehsan Fatahian, despite the intervention of lawmakers. In their letter, the lawmakers said that the sentencing to death of Kurdish youths greatly concerns the Kurdistan Province in northwest Iran.