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Iranian Kurdish Dissident Facing Execution Suffers Legal Blow

A lawyer for an Iranian Kurdish man sentenced to death for belonging to a Kurdish nationalist group says his client has suffered a major legal setback in a bid to escape execution. Speaking to VOA Persian by phone Monday from Tehran, lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz said Iran's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to spare the life of his client, Ramin Hossein Panahi. "By law, the Supreme Court should have responded to my request for an appeal by stopping the [death penalty] from...

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