4 Civil Rights Activists’ Trial Postponed

Posted on: 13th July, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – Because of the absence of two of the three judges as well as the absence of one of the defendants, the hearing of appeal court for civil activists, Atena Daemi, Omid Alishenas, Aso Rostami, Ali Nouri and Mohammad Hossein Daemi (Athena’s father) was postponed to August 3. This hearing was scheduled to be held in Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of Tehran Province on July 5.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the hearing of appeal for civil activists, Atena Daemi, Omid Alishenas, Aso Rostami, Ali Nouri and Mohammad Hossein Daemi (Athena’s father) was cancelled by the absence of two judges as well as the absence of one of the defendants on July 5.

Therefore, the next hearing will be on August 3.

It is worth noting that the lawyers of Atena Daemi, one of the defendants were not able to read the full case due to lack of time and restrictions on accessing the records in recent days. Their request to postpone the hearing was also strongly rejected.

Atena Daemi, 27, was arrested on October 21, 2014 and was held for 86 days in solitary confinement of ward 2-A. She was transferred to women’s ward of Evin prison on January 18, 2015.

After several postponement of the court hearing, eventually in a court, presided by judge Moghiseh, judge of branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran and in the presence of her solicitor and the other inmates (Omid Alishenas, Asuo Rostami, and Ali Nouri), she was charged with propaganda against the regime, gathering and collusion against the national security, insulting the Supreme Leader, insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder and concealing evidence of the crime because of her peaceful civil activities, and was sentenced to 14 years in prison on March 14, 2015.

Atena Daemi, imprisoned civil rights activist, was released on the bail from Evin prison after sixteen months of detention.

Omid Alishenas was arrested on September 4, 2014, and transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison, which is controlled by the IRGC. Although a bail of 1000 million IRR had been issued for him, the court and the prosecutor’s office eventually did not accept the bail for unknown reasons and he was transferred to ward number 8 for continuation of the interrogations.

Omid Alishenas was released on the bail from Evin prison after 16 months of detention.

Aso Rostami, other defendant of this case, had been arrested along with several others after a gathering to support Kobani in front of the UN office in Tehran, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and after a long time in solitary confinement and interrogation, he was transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison.

He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the regime, gathering and collusion against the national security and insulting the supreme leader due to his peaceful civil activities.

Aso Rostami, social and civil rights activist, was released from Evin prison after sixteen months of detention.

Ali Nouri, civil rights activist was arrested during a protest in solidarity with Kobani in front of United Nations’ office on October 8, 2014 and was transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison, which is controlled by the IRGC and after a long period of interrogations and being held in solitary confinement he was transferred to ward 8 of Evin Prison.

After being released on the bail of 500 million IRR, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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