The Iranian authorities backing off planned execution of a young Kurdish student activist in the city of Sanandaj in Iranian Kurdistan, announced the indefinite postponement of execution of Habibollah Latifi hours before the sentence was to be carried out.
Latifi, 28 years old, was arrested nearly five years ago on charges of implanting sonic bombs during student protests. Latifi and his lawyers vehemently denied the charges. A massive protest movement to save Latifi’s life began inside Kurdistan, supported by human rights organizations across the world. A large group of protesters gathered last night in front of the prison. In the early hours of Sunday, the prison director met with the protesters announcing the indefinite postponement of Latifi’s execution. It was not immediately clear if Latifi’s lawyers will be given a chance to repeal the sentence now.