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Mohammad Reza Habibi

Title: Deputy Prosecutor of Isfahan

Sanctions: European Union (October 10, 2011)

Mohammad Reza Habibi was sanctioned by the European Union in October 2011 for his complicity in denying Iranians fair trials. According to The Official Journal of the European Union, Habibi is “complicit in a grave violation of the right to due process contributing to the excessive and increasing use of the death penalty leading to a sharp increase in executions since the beginning of the year.”[1]

According to The New York Times, Mohammad Reza Habibi warned demonstrators in 2009 that they could be executed under Islamic Law. “We warn the few elements controlled by foreigners who try to disrupt domestic security by inciting individuals to destroy and to commit arson that the Islamic penal code for such individuals waging war against God is execution,” Mr. Habibi said. [2]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 Implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 10, 2011.p.4. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:267:0001:0006:EN:PDF)

[2]Nazila Fathi, “Protesters Defy Iranian Efforts to Cloak Unrest,” The New York Times, June 17, 2009. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/world/middleeast/18iran.html)