mercoledì 17 ottobre 2012

Iraq – Palestinian born in iraq at risk of execution

At the end of August, Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad, a Palestinian man born in Iraq, was transferred to al-Kadhimiya Prison in Baghdad, a prison where executions are carried out. He is at imminent risk of execution, despite serious concerns about his trial.
On 21 July 2006, Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad (30) was arrested by security forces in the al-Zayouna district of Baghdad, and held incommunicado for more than a year. He was reportedly tortured and coerced into “confessing” that he was a member of an armed group who had intended to plant explosives. When his mother and neighbours were granted access to him for the first time in detention in August 2007 at a detention centre in the Baladiyat district of Baghdad, they were shocked as it was clear to them that he had been tortured. Injuries, including burn scars, were visible.
On 17 May 2011, the Resafa Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad to death, on the basis of the Anti-Terrror Law of 2005. Defence lawyers have stated that eyewitnesses of the incident, including police officers, have given conflicting testimonies. In its verdict the court noted that he withdrew his self-incriminating testimony at court, stating that he had been coerced and tortured. The court further noted that in August 2008, an examination by the Forensic Medical Institute found he had scarring. However, in handing down the death sentence, the court explicitly included his withdrawn testimony as part of the evidence. No full and independent investigation is known to have been carried out into his allegations of torture.
Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad is at imminent risk of execution since his transfer to al-Kadhimiya Prison.

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Object: Palestinian born in iraq at risk of execution

Your Excellency,
I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to stop the execution of Ahmad ‘Amr ‘Abd al-Qadir Muhammad, by whatever judicial or other means available and overturn the death sentence.
I express concerns that he appears not have received a fair trial and calling for him to be retried in line with international standards.
I call for his allegations of torture to be investigated promptly and thoroughly by an independent body, with anyone found responsible for abuses brought to justice.
I urge you to declare an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, and to commute without delay all death sentences.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Your Excellency
Prime Minister
His Excellency Nuri Kamil al-Maliki, Prime Minister
Convention Centre (Qasr al-Ma’aridh)
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Minister of Justice
Hassan al-Shammari
Ministry of Justice
Baghdad, Iraq
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Minister of Human Rights
His Excellency Mohammad Shayaa al-Sudani
Ministry of Human Rights
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