Arash Moghadam and Farshid Fathi still Waiting for Appeal Court

HRANA News Agency – Arash Moghadam Aslanpoor and Farshid Fathi, who have been sentenced each to one year in prison, following the events of April 17, 2014 in Evin prison (Black Thursday), are waiting for appeal court.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Arash Moghadam Aslanpoor and Farshid Fathi have been sentenced each to one year in prison in branch 15 of the revolutionary court by chief judge Salavati, on Monday December 29, 2014.

These prisoners who are kept in hall number 10 of Rajaei Shahr prison are charged with having alcoholic beverages, though they both have denied it.

An informed source told HRANA’s reporter, “Arash Moghadam Aslanpoor is a Zoroastrian and Farshid Fathi is a Christian priest. After the searches in ward 350, officers claimed they have found alcoholic beverages and because these two prisoners are not Muslims, it was attributed to them; though they strongly denied the allegation”.

He also stated, “even with assumption of existence of alcoholic beverages, how is it possible to attribute it to these two prisoners of conscientious in a room with 30 inmates”?

Arash Moghadam Aslanpoor and Farshid Fathi are currently waiting for assignment of the appeal court for their cases.

Arash Moghadam Aslanpoor was sentenced to 8 years in prison on charge of insulting the supreme leader, belligerent and propaganda against the regime. One year and four months of this sentence was pardoned.

Farshid Fathi, new converted to Christianity and head of a private church was transferred from ward 350 of Evin prison to Rajaei Shahr prison by the court order on August 19, 2014.

After Farshid was transferred to Rajaei Shar prison, the officers opened the case for alcoholic beverages.

He was arrested four years ago on the eve of new year on 26 December 2010, during the pre-arranged and widespread arrests of Christian citizens and members of private churches in Tehran and some other cities by security forces, and sentenced to six years in prison.

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