Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Released from Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: 17th August, 2017
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Behnam Ebrahimzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, labour activist, was released from Rajai Shahr prison, on the International Labor Day.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was released from Rajai Shahr prison, on the International Labor Day, on May 1.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh, born in 1977, was arrested for the first time in 2008 on charge of graffiti and propaganda in Oshnavieh.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was arrested for the second time on the International Labour Day, May 1, 2009, along with a group of labour and civil activists at Laleh Park in Tehran, and was released on the bail after one month.

This labour activist was arrested for the third time on June 12, 2010. He was under interrogation in solitary confinement for four months, after his arrest, and then was transferred to Ward 350 of Evin prison.

Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by judge Salavati, in a short trial and without his lawyer’s presence, sentenced Behnam Ebrahimzadeh to twenty years imprisonment which was reduced to 5 years by the appeals court.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was beaten and for 15 days sent to solitary confinement of Ward 240, when the prison guards of Evin prison raided Ward 350, known as “Black Thursday”.

This labour activist was transferred to solitary confinement of Ward 209, in May 2014, and later, he was illegally transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj.

Ebrahimzadeh is suffering from a slipped disc and arthritis of the neck and the efforts have not been successful in the treatment of the disease in prison. Nima, his son, has cancer and his family says that, because of Nima’s condition, difficulties in traveling and financial restrictions they are not able to visit him weekly.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has been repeatedly harassed and moved from one ward to another, and he was enduring his imprisonment in ward two known as “Darol-Quran” in Rajai Shahr prison without respecting the principle of separation of offenses.

While, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s five years imprisonment sentence ended, an appeal court reduced his new sentence from 9 and a half years imprisonment to 7 years and 10 months and 15 days, also a fine of 4,500,000 IRR, on July 31, 2016. He is charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against internal and external security” and propaganda against the regime.

The sentence has been issued because of his activities in prison, when he was enduring his 5-year imprisonment sentence.

In addition, charges of “violation of detention order” and “using satellite equipment and game cards” were also part of the charges against the jailed worker. All of these charges were applied while he was in prison.