Former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

The Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mostafa Tajzadeh to eight years imprisonment. This verdict is considered final due to Tajzadeh’s refusal to appeal.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

His lawyer, Hooshang Pirbabai, tweeted that his client has been sentenced to five years on the charge of “assembly and collusion,” two years on “spreading falsehood,” and one year on “propaganda against the regime.” Based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, five years for the first charge will be enforceable.

On July 8, 2022, the IRGC Intelligence agents arrested Tajzadeh in Tehran and transferred him to Ward 2-A of Evin prison.

Mostafa Tajzadeh was the deputy interior minister of President Mohammad Khatami.

Mohammad Abolhasani Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced imprisoned civil rights activist Mohammad Abolhasani to four years in prison in a new legal case.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, civil rights activist Mohammad Abolhasani was sentenced to four years on the charge of “assembly and collusion.”

On August 24, 2022, Abolhasani was indicted on the charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “association with anti-regime media.”
 
It is the second time that Abolhasani has faced a new legal case during incarceration.

On June 13, 2019, security forces arrested Abolhasani. Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced him to two years on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security”. This verdict was later reduced to 18 months. For the charge of “spreading falsehood”, he was banned from leaving the country for two years and additional punishments.

While Abolhasani was serving his sentence, judicial authorities opened a new case against him and two other civil rights activists Arsham Rezai and Shakila Monfared. He was then sentenced to 15 months in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. In April 2021, he served his sentence and was released from Evin Prison. However, he had to provide bail for the new charge.

Sepideh Gholian Hospitalized Following Hunger Strike

On September 13, 2022, imprisoned civil rights activist Sepideh Gholian was hospitalised following a hunger strike. Gholian went on hunger strike on September 10 as a protest against her imprisonment in exile and away from her city. Today, on September 15, she ended her hunger strike after prison officials promised to address her request for relocation.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, following Gholian’s hunger strike, she was sent to a hospital outside Evin Prison.

An informed source told HRANA that Gholian started a hunger strike when the prison officials refused her requests for relocation to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz. Gholian has been separated from her family through a long distance between the cities. 

On November 18, 2018, Sepideh Gholian was arrested along with at least 19 others, including members of the Assembly of Representatives of Haft-Tappeh workers, and several workers’ activists by security police in Shush city. She was released on bail on December 18, 2018.

After broadcasting her forced confession as well as some other workers’ activists, including Esmail Bakhshi on state TV, they announced that the “confessions” were extracted under duress. Soon after this announcement, the security police arrested them.

On October 26, 2019, Gholian was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings. On December 14, 2019, she was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Tehran Appellate Court.

On June 21, 2020, Gholian began serving her prison term in Evin prison. On March 10, 2021, she was exiled to Bushehr Prison, where she was held until she was granted leave.

­­Ali Ensandoost still in Detention after One Month

Former political prisoner Ali Ensandoost is still detained for over a month as he awaits due process. He was recently relocated to the quarantine section.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Ali Ensandoost is still in detention awaiting due process in Langerood Prison in Qom.

On August 13, 2022, security forces arrested Ensandoost at his house. Last week, he was transferred from an IRGC detention facility to Langarud Prison in Qom. According to an informed source, recently, he has been relocated to the quarantine section.

The reason for his arrest and the charges are unknown so far.

Ensandoost had faced arrest and conviction before. On April 28, 2020, security forces arrested him in Rasht for his activities on social media and an interview with opposition media outside the country. He was interrogated in a detention facility until September 2020 when he was transferred to Langerud Prison and held in a ward with prisoners of violent crimes.

The Revolutionary Court of Qom sentenced Ensandoost to eight years in prison on the charges of “collaboration with hostile countries, insulting the Supreme Leader, and propaganda against the regime”. After plea bargaining, the sentence was reduced to four years and six months. On December 26, 2021, Ensandoost was released to serve the rest of his sentence in home detention with an electronic monitoring device.

Workers’ Rights Activist Keyvan Mohtadi still in Detention

After four months, workers’ rights activist Keyvan Mohtadi is still kept in the public ward of Evin Prison awaiting due process. Mohtadi was relocated from Ward 209 to Ward 4 of Evin Prison as he waited for processing.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Worker’s Rights Activist Keyvan Mohtadi has been in detention for over four months.

An informed source told HRANA that, the prison officials have told Mohtadi that his detention has been extended and no bail will be granted.

On May 9, 2022, security forces arrested Mohtadi and other workers’ rights activist, Anisha Asadaollahi at their house and transferred them to Ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. Asadaollahi was released on bail on August 20.

The reason for Mohtadi’s arrest and the charges are still unknown.

Anisha Asadollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi had been arrested and convicted before for their civil activities. On May 1, 2019, with many other workers and worker’s rights activists, Anisha Asadaollahi was arrested at a gathering for the celebration of international workers’ day. Subsequently, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced her to one-year imprisonment (of which six months were suspended) and 74 lashes on the charge of “disturbing the public order”. She was jailed in Evin prison for sentencing on January 4, 2020, and was freed on January 21 of that year.

 

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Update on Reza Khandan Mahabadi’s Condition in Evin Prison

Writer and member of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) Reza Khandan Mahabadi is currently serving a five-year sentence in Evin Prison since September 2019.

An informed source told HRANA that Khandan is suffering from heart disease and is being held in Ward 8 of Evin Prison. On December 21, 2021, h was hospitalized outside the prison after he contracted COVID-19. On January 8, 2021, another well-known writer, Baktash Abtin died of Covid-19  due to negligence.

Mahabadi was sentenced on May 15, 2019, by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Mohammad Moghayeseh. His sentence included one year in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” and five years on the charge of “assembly and collusion with the intention of acting against national security”. On September 26, 2020, he was arrested and sent to Evin Prison to serve his sentence.

Mahabadi’s career as a writer kicked off in 1978 with the publication of his book “Local Children”. Some of his publications include “Nothing Comes Out of the Sack, ExceptWhat Was In It”, a seven-volume story collection called “My Favorite Stories”, a collection of research titled “Razi War”, and the 19-volume fiction collection “Encyclopedia of Iranian Legends and Fairy Tales” (co-author Ali Ashraf Darvishian).

Nahid Shirpisheh Denied Family Visitations

Kachooie Prison has denied Nahid Shirpisheh the right to make phone calls or have family visitations. Shirpisheh, Pouya Bakhtiari’s mother, has been detained for the past two months.

An informed source told HRANA thatShirpisheh is held in the quarantine section and is not allowed to have visitors. 

On July 28, 2022, Shirpisheh was transferred to Kachooie Prison where she was held in the same ward of prisoners of violent crimes, where she has been mistreated. 

On July 11, 2022, security forces arrested the mothers of the individuals killed during nationwide protests in 2019 known as the Aban protests, including Shirpisheh. In a news article, IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency called these justice-seeking families “agitators and troublemakers”.

In November of 2019, an increase in fuel prices sparked a wave of protests in dozens of cities across the country. The spokesperson of the Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Seyed Hossein Taghavi, announced that 7000 people were arrested during these protests. According to reports from human rights organizations, hundreds were killed by the security apparatus.

 

Update on Naeb Askari’s Condition in Urmia Prison

Naeb Askari is still in detention awaiting legal proceedings for more than 17 months in Urmia Prison. Despite suffering from neurological disorders, he is denied proper medical care.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Naeb Askari has been in pre-trial detention in Urmia Prison for more than 17 months.

According to an informed source, since Askari’s relocation along with other political prisoners to a new high-security ward in December 2021, he is denied medical care.  

In December 2021, Urmia Prison Officials relocated the political prisoners, including Askari, to a new high-security ward, after which the political prisoners went on a hunger strike.

On March 27, 2021, IRGC agents arrested Askari in Urmia and transferred him to a detention facility. On June 17, 2021, he was transferred to Urmia Prison, where he has been jailed until now. He was also charged with “disrupting prison order.”

Inmate Executed in Khorramabad Prison; Twelve about to Be Executed in Karaj

On September 3, 2022, an inmate previously convicted of drug-related crimes was executed in Khorramabad Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on September 3, 2022, Korramabad Prison officials executed an unidentified inmate.

This execution has not been reported by official sources and media outlets inside Iran so far.

On August 31, nine death-row convicts were also sent to solitary confinement awaiting imminent execution in Rajai Shahr Prison. On September 4, in Karaj Central Penitentiary three death-row inmates were taken to solitary confinement as well. The identities and the charges against these inmates are still unknown.

 

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Behnam Moosivand Goes on Hunger Strike

On August 31, 2022, Behnam Moosivand who is imprisoned in Rajai-Shahr Prison went on hunger strike since he is kept in solitary confinement.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on August 31, 2022, Behnam Moosivand went on a hunger strike to protest against being held in solitary confinement.

An informed source close to Moosivand’s family told HRANA that he suffers from several diseases, but prison officials refuse to send him out of the prison to receive care. 

Moosivand had gone on hunger strike in April 2022 to protest assault by prison guards.

Moosivand is currently serving a five-year sentence. On June 14, 2020, he was taken to Evin Prison, but later was sent to Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj.