Thursday, February 19, 2009

Human rights activist Al-Mansouri sentenced to 30 years in Iran

Human rights activist Abdullah al-Mansouri has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, his son told ANP press agency yesterday.

Al-Mansouri was born in Iran and fled to the Netherlands in 1998, where he was an active member of human rights organisation Amnesty International and lived in Maastricht.
He was arrested while travelling to Syria in 2006 and extradited to Iran, where he was charged with terrorism for supporting the Arab minority in Ahvaz. Ahvaz is an oil-rich region near the Persian Gulf which seeks autonomy. Since his arrest, the Dutch government has repeatedly called on Iran to ensure that Al-Mansouri receives a fair and open trial.

Day Opening - February 19

Haydarpasa train station, Istanbul
Photo: Belgin Zeytin