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Later, officials claimed, Rahnavard attempted to flee the country. He was arrested two days later, on 19 November. On 2 December, Amnesty International warned that there were 28 Iranians who were at risk of execution; their list included Rahnavard, who, at that time, had not yet been sentenced to death, but was facing trial. Amnesty stated that none of the 28 people had fair trials or were afforded the right to choose their own attorneys, to be presumed innocent until guilty, to remain silent, or to receive an open-door hearing. The Islamic Revolutionary Court, in which Rahnavard was convicted, has received international criticism for holding trials behind closed doors and often not allowing defendants to review the evidence that will be used against them.