Halt The Execution Of A Canadian Citizen Falsely Accused In Iran

Target: Sadeq Larijani, Iranian Polititian

Goal: Save Hamid Ghassemi-Shall from execution after an illegal and unfair trial

An Iranian-Canadian shoe salesman is to be executed in Iran for enmity against god, for espionage, and for being linked to an organization banned in Iran. Reports from human rights organizations state that Hamid Ghassemi-Shall was convicted using a confession obtained through the use of torture. The Iranian government must immediately overturn the death sentence against Ghassemi-Shall and order a new trial that adheres to international standards.

Ghassemi and his brother Alborz were arrested in 2008 and held for eighteen months without legal counsel after their arrest. Ghassemi, who is a Canadian citizen, was denied permission to meet with members of the Canadian government. International law forbids the denial of councel by the Iranian government, and the use of confessions taken under duress. Other evidence used in the trial included e-mails that were allegedly forged to make the prosecution of Ghassemi and Alborz easier.

While Alborz died in prison in 2010, Ghassemi still has a chance to obtain freedom. The Iranian government must immediately overturn the death sentence given to Ghassemi-Shall and afford him a trial that adheres to international standards. Ghassemi must also be given access to adequate legal counsel, and medical attention if need be. Sign this petition and demand that justice be served for a Canadian citizen imprisoned in Iran.


Dear Chief Justice Sadeq Larijani,

I am concerned about the death sentence levied against Canadian citizen Hamid Ghassemi-Shall. The conviction for espionage and links to MEK was obtained with the use of false confession and forged documents. The fact that Hamid was not given access to proper legal counsel is also concerning. International law forbids denying legal counsel as well as the use of a confession obtained under duress.

I urge you to overturn the death sentence against Hamid Ghassemi-Shall and that he be given a new trial that adheres to international laws. Doing this will improve the image of the justice system in your country.


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