Abdolfattah Soltani Sent To Furlough

Posted on: 25th January, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – Abdolfattah Soltani, imprisoned lawyer was sent to furlough.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Abdolfattah Soltani, an imprisoned lawyer was sent from Evin prison to furlough.

According to the report, he has been sent to an eight-day furlough after 4 years and 4 months in prison.

The imprisoned lawyer’s daughter said to HRANA reporter that his father was deprived of retrial and Parole, despite having the legal requirements.

Maedeh Soltani also told about his father’s health: “My father has been fluctuating blood pressure, and faced digestive problems in the prison. Because of the poor sanitary conditions and little space and the lack of light and air, even young prisoners will face serious health problems, whereas he is 60 years old.”

It should be noted that despite the agreement of 4 judges, including Mr. Aghaei, former head of justice department of Tehran, to apply article 18 of the retrial on Abdolfattah Soltani’s case, it is more than two years and a half that he has been waiting for the judiciary to have the order for hearing and has remained undecided.

Previously, the imprisoned lawyer’s daughter also states that: “Applying Article 18 on my father’s case shows that the warrant issued for my father was wrong and a new decree should be issued.”

According to HRANA’s legal advisers, as more than a third of the imprisonment of Mr. Soltani has past, he could get parole. Earlier, the prosecutor of Evin prison had opposed with his medical leave because of insisting on his ideas.

Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested in the following of protests after the elections, on June 16, 2009 and was sent to ward number 209 of Evin prison. The basis of the charges against him was participating in the establishment of “Human Rights Defenders”, receiving a human rights award in Nuremberg, Germany, Propaganda against the regime and Interviews with the media on the status of his clients.

He was charged of spying by judge Mortazavi – through disclosure of his clients who were charged with espionage – as well as propaganda against the state and spent more than 7 months in prison. Mr. Soltani was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and 5 years deprivation of social services in primary court. But He was acquitted of all charges in the Court of Appeal after 219 days in prison and his efforts to prosecute judicial authorities did not lead to a result.

He was arrested again on 10 September 2011 and since then had been held in Evin prison. During the years that Mr. Soltani has spent in prison, often because of heart disease and blood pressure he was sent to clinic of prison. And he was hospitalized for 41 days before a full recovery was returned to the prison.

The imprisoned lawyer had been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and exile to Borazjan prison, and 20 years being banned from practicing law, in March 2011, at Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court, Branch 26, presided by Judge Pirabbasi. His sentence was reduced to 13 years on the appeal stage. This sentence was reduced to 10 years by applying Article 134.