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Abdul-Sattar Sheikh Transferred to Solitary Confinement of Evin Prison

Posted on: 27th February, 2018
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Abdul-Sattar Sheikh

HRANA News Agency – Abdul-Sattar Sheikh, a political prisoner who has been in Evin Prison since 2012, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Branch 16 of the Revolutionary Court, chaired by Judge Salavati, on charges of cooperating with the Pakistani government. He was transferred from Ward 7 of Evin prison to solitary confinements cells in Ward 209 of this prison under the supervision of the Ministry of Intelligence because of an unknown reason.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Abdul-Sattar Sheikh, a security prisoner charged with collaborating with the Pakistani government who has been in Evin prison since 2012 was transferred to Ward 209 of this prison under the supervision of the Ministry of Intelligence.

A source close to Mr. Sheikh told HRANA’s reporter: “This prisoner was transferred blindfolded to the solitary confinement cell of Ward 209 of Evin Prison, on Saturday, from 11:30 to 14:30”.

The source added: “In Ward 209, the prisoner was asked to give a televised confession and to cooperate. Heretofore, several times the confessions of this security prisoner were released on the IRIB’s television networks”.

Abdul-Sattar Sheikh is a graduate of graphic arts, a master’s degree in illustration and a doctoral student in art research as well as a translator of several books.

The prisoner was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents at Tarbiat Modares dormitory in 2012, and then interrogated on charge of collaborating with Pakistani government for three months in solitary confinement of Ward 209 and 240.

Mr. Sheikh was transferred first to Ward 350 of Evin prison in 2013, and then to Hall 12 of Ward 7 of Evin prison.

Abdul-Sattar Sheikh was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court by Judge Salavati in 2013, following a 15-minute-long trial, without the possibility of having a lawyer, on allegation of collaborating with the foreign government.

The first sentence of this prisoner was confirmed in Branch 36 of the Appeals Court, however, after six years, his verdict has still not formally been communicated to him.

Abdul-Sattar Sheikh’s wife is suffering from a viral disease, and the prisoner’s child suffered from mental illness for years away from her father.