Imprisoned Bazaar Merchant Javad Lari Sentenced to Death and Mohsen Dokmechi Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

HRANA- Poltical prisoner Javad Lari, 55, was sentenced to death by Judge Salavati of the 15th Branch of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges of being a “mohareb” or waging war against God and “corruption on earth”.

According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Iran, this political prisoner was first charged with “acting against the security of the nation”.  A charge later changed by the judge to “mohareb” and sentenced to death without the possibility of amnesty.

Javad Lari was imprisoned for three years in the 1980’s on charges of having affiliations with an anti-government organization. It is worthy to note that Javad Lari attempted to visit his childhood friends in Camp Ashraf in 2007 but was prevented by Iraqi security forces. Javad Lari is a prominent Bazaar merchant who was detained during widespread arrests of Bazaar merchants last year by the Ministry of Intelligence.

Prominent Tehran Bazaar merchant Mohsen Dokmechi, 50, was sentenced by Judge Salavati to ten years in prison and exile to Gohardasht Prison.

The weblog of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran reports that Mr. Dokmechi was charged with financially helping the families of political prisoners and having a son in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Mohsen Dokmechi is has been in detention since 2009 and was a political prisoner in the 1980’s.

Additionally, uncertainty remains surrounding the case of Bazaar merchant Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi, imprisoned last December.

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