Golrokh Irai Visited Her Mother for the First Time Since Her Arrest

HRANA News Agency – On October 24, Golrokh Irai, civil activist, was arrested violently by Revolutionary Guards of Sarollah without any warrant, to serve her 6 years of imprisonment and was transferred to Evin prison “blindfolded and handcuffed”. Ms. Irai who has health problems and even could not appear and defend herself at the hearing due to a surgery, had requested several times to meet her husband, Arash Sadeghi while he has gone on hunger strike since her arrest, but the authorities have not allowed them to meet each other yet.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on October 24, Golrokh Irai civil activist, was arrested violently by the Revolutionary Guards of Sarollah without a warrant, to serve her 6 years of imprisonment and was transferred to Evin prison.

On October 30, after a while of ignorance, she could meet her mother. Her mother who had a surgery three days before this, told HRANA’s reporter about her daughter’s arrest: “About 9 am, on October 24, the Revolutionary Guards of Sarollah attacked Golrokh’s house to arrest her and hit the by kicks and punches to fear her. After one hour when she did not open the door, they broke in door by an iron rod and entered the house. She asked: ‘Who are you? Where do you come from? Show your ID card or warrant.’ But the officers did not pay attention to her, shackled her, closed her eyes and told her that they would transfer her to Evin prison.”

She said: “Golrokh asked the officials who were dressed in civilian clothes to at least let her take her medicine. But she was told: “You do not need medications, you’ll be left there till you die!” They took Golrokh blindfolded and handcuffed in front of the neighbors and transferred her to the law enforcement of Evin prison. She told there about the arrest and ill-treatments. After a lot of struggle they had finally accepted and she returned home with three law enforcement officers and took her equipment and medications and was transferred to Evin prison again.”

She stressed about the current situation of Golrokh in prison: “Golrokh is very concerned about Arash who is on hunger strike. Arash takes medicine and his shoulder had been damaged when he was arrested. She called Mr. Hajiloo to meet Arash and forced him to end his hunger strike but Mr. Hajjilu said ‘You are incommunicado until he is on strike.’”

It is worth noting, Arash Sadeghi civil activist in Evin Prison has gone on hunger strike since on October 24 in protest against the arrest of his wife, Golrokh Irai. Security officials of Evin prison said she was incommunicado until her husband is on strike.

At the same time, Amnesty International issued a statement and condemned the arrests without subpoenas and called for her freedom.

Sometimes ago, while arresting of Navid Kamran, security forces used his personal cell phone and called Ms. Irai and told her that they had her arrest order as well, and if she would not submit herself to prison, they would arrest her too. Navid Kamran was arrested at the court of Evin and transferred to quarantine ward of section 4 of Evin prison, in order to serve his 3 years in prison sentence.

Arash Sadeghi, Golrokh Irai, Navid Kamran and Behnam Moosivand were arrested last time on September 6, 2014 at their workplaces and released after some time on the bail.

According to informed sources, their detention was accompanied by acts of violence.

These activists’ trial was held by the Court of Appeal, Branch 54 in July 2015, while Golrokh Ebrahimi could not attend due to an illness and according to the medical evidences, her trial should had been postponed, but judge Salvati refused to do it and the prosecutor’s representative, without her presence, read the indictment and her trial was conducted in her absentia.

The court order was announced in Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in their presence, on August 21, 2015. According to the verdict; Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to fifteen years, Golrokh Ebrahimi to six years, Navid Kamrani and Behnam Mousivand to 18 months of imprisonment. The sentences of Mr. Kamrani and Mr. Mousivand were reduced to 12 months in the court of appeal.

Arash Sadeghi, Behnam Mousivand and Navid Kamrani had a history of arrest and imprisonment before this case.

Behnam Mousivand also had been sentenced to two years imprisonment before which he has to serve now.

Arash Sadeghi was arrested on June 7, to endure 19 years imprisonment.

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