Environmental Activists Taher Ghadirian and Sepideh Kashani Granted Release

Environmental Activists Taher Ghadirian and Sepideh Kashani Granted Release

On April 9, 2024, environmental activists Taher Ghadirian and Sepideh Kashani were released from Evin Prison, marking the end of over six years of incarceration following a pardon granted ahead of the upcoming holiday.

Yesterday, two other environmental activists, Niloufar Bayani and Hooman Jokar, were also released from the same prison.

In January 2018, Kashani and Ghadirian, along with several other environmental activists, were arrested and detained in Evin Prison. Subsequently, Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Salavati, sentenced them to lengthy imprisonments:

  • Niloufar Bayani and Morad Tahbaz were handed 10-year sentences for “collaboration with the hostile U.S. government.”
  • Taher Ghadirian and Hooman Jokar received eight-year sentences for the same charge.
  • Sam Rajabi and Sepideh Kashani were sentenced to six years for the same charge.
  • Amir-Hossein Khaleghi received a six-year sentence for “espionage.”
  • Abdolreza Koohpayeh was sentenced to four years for “assembly and collusion against national security.”

On February 18, 2020, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, the then spokesperson of Iran’s Judiciary, announced the finalized verdicts against these eight environmental activists at the Appellate Court.

HRANA reported that during interrogations, several of these prisoners, including a female, were subjected to mistreatment and sexual assault to extract confessions.

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