Appeals Court Upheld Sentences of 5 Civil Rights Activists

Posted on: 30th March, 2016
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Abbas Lisani

HRANA News Agency – The sentences of five Turk (Azeri) activists who had protested at the television program “Fitileh” has been confirmed by the appeals court of Ardabil province. According to the sentence each of the defendants should serve 91 days in prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), judge Yosef Khodadadi of Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Ardebil had sentenced five of these activists on the charge of “participation in the illegal gathering and collusion to disrupt the national security against” to three months and one day. The ruling was upheld by second branch of appeals court in Ardebil province headed by Anwar Eskandarzadeh.

The activists Saeed Sadeghifar, Tohid Amir Amini, Saleh Pichganlu, Meysam Joolani and Mohsen Mohsenzadeh had been arrested by the security agents on October 18, 2015 during a protest against the television program “Fitileh” in Ardebil.

Judge Anwar Eskandarzadeh rejected their appeals and considered their defence as “repeating the previous claims.”

The second branch of the appeals court of Ardebil Province rejected Ardabil Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s appeal and upheld the acquittance of the activists of the charges.

Radio and television broadcast in November 2015 faced widespread protests of Turkish citizens in Iran. The citizens in Tehran, Tabriz, Qom, Urmia, Ardebil, Zanjan, Maragheh, Meshkinshahr and Pars Abad held rallies to protest against the racist manner of the program named Fitileh.

It should be noted that Tohid Amir Amini, Meysam Joolani and Saleh Pichganloo along with Mr. Morteza Parvin and Mostafa Parvin had each been sentenced to three months imprisonment and thirty lashes in another case in connection with displaying placards calling for the freedom of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and Mr. Abbas Lisani from the prison of Yazd.

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