2 Civil Rights Activists Tried in Tehran

HRANA News Agency – The court hearing for “Puria Ebrahimi” and “Shokofeh Azar Masouleh”, two civil and social activists was held in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, by Judge Ahmadzadeh, on Wednesday 2nd March. In this trial which lasted two hours, along with these two civil and social activists, Judge Salvati, lawyers, prosecutors and representatives of the Ministry of Intelligence were present.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Shokofeh Azar Masouleh had been sent from Evin prison to the court and, according to one of the attendees, by accepting a pay slip, she may be released next week on the bail.

According to an informed source, Puria Ebrahimi in the hearing refused to defend himself or to sign the court relevant papers.

One of the charges against Puria Ebrahimi in the early stages of hearing has been announced as; “form groups to assassinate one of the judges of the Revolutionary Court, judge Salavati”, that due to lack of evidences and emphasis on lack of private complaints, judge Salvati, this charge was dropped.

Puria Ebrahimi and Shokofeh Azar Masouleh were arrested and transferred to Evin prison, in June. Mr. Ebrahimi was released after eight months of detention, on 9th February on a bail of 70 million thomans, from Evin prison, and Shokofeh Azar Masouleh is still in the women’s ward of Evin waiting to be released on the bail.

Mr. Ebrahimi was informed of his charges by Branch 6 of the court in Evin, on 17th June.

“Propaganda against the regime”, “gathering and colluding with intention to harm the national security” and “forming groups to assassinate a judge of the Revolutionary Court, judge Slvany”, were the charges that had been assigned to this civil activist.

Relationship with the families of prisoners, and human rights media, are parts of allegations that he had been accused for.

Ebrahimi was transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison, after about twenty days in solitary confinement and being interrogated in ward 209 of Evin prison, in June and was held in ward 8 until being released.

Shokofeh Azar Masouleh, alias; Parisa Azadi, a graduate student in international business administration also was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents in June 2015, and was transferred to ward 209 of Evin Prison.

She was interrogated for two weeks in ward 209 of Evin prison and then was transferred to women’s ward in Evin prison. Shokofeh Azar Masouleh was charged in Branch 6 on 15th August.

Shokofeh Azar Masouleh’s charges were announced as; “propaganda against the regime” and “gathering and colluding to disturb the national security”. One of Ms. Azar’s charges has been announced as participation in the protests against acid attacks.

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