Abdul-Reza Ghanbari Released from Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: 25th March, 2016
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Abdul-Reza Ghanbari

HRANA News Agency – Abdul-Reza Ghanbari, imprisoned teacher who had been initially sentenced to death and later his sentence had been reduced to 15 years of imprisonment, and eventually to 10 years of imprisonment, was released from Rajai Shahr Prison on March 16, 2016 with the abolishment of article 186.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), by abolishment of article 186 (enacted in 1996) of Islamic panel code in relation to the definition of “Moharebeh” (waging war against god) which has been changed in the new Islamic Panel code enacted in 2013; Mr. Ghanbari’s activism is not considered as “Moharebeh” in the new Islamic penal code article 279 because his activism was not armed, and by application of section B of article 10 of the new Islamic penal code he was retried, and he has been released on March 16, 2016 from Rajai Shahr Prison where he was serving his sentence.

It’s worth mentioning, currently there are at least 20 political-security prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj, who after abolishment of article 186 are awaiting their freedom and a retrial by application of the new law to their cases.

In December 2009 few days after “Ashura” Abdul-Reza Ghanbari was arrested at the school where he used to teach.

Mr. Ghanbari was transferred from ward 209 to ward 240 of Evin Prison after enduring harsh interrogations, and on January 30, 2010 he was transferred from solitary confinement to his trial at the revolutionary court.

Mr. Ghanbari was charged with “Moharebeh” for attending “Ashura” protests and tried without having a chance to defend himself or having a lawyer of his choice. At this trial he was sentenced to death by branch 15 of the revolutionary court with chief judge Salavati. This political prisoner spent 4 years in ward 350 of Evin Prison under a death sentence, and finally in March 2013 his death sentence was quashed and he was again tried at the revolutionary court, this time he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment and exile to Borazjan Prison. Eventually this sentence was reduced to 10 years of imprisonment by the appeal court.

On December 8, 2013 Mr. Ghanbari was transferred to Borazjan Prison, and later on November 12, 2014 he was transferred form Borazjan Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison.