Imprisoned Mohammad Abolhasani Faces New Charges

Imprisoned Mohammad Abolhasani Faces New Charges

Judicial authorities have indicted civil rights activist Mohammad Abolhasani on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” and “association with anti-regime media”. Abolhasani is currently serving his sentence in Evin Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on August 24, 2022, the Evin prosecutor’s office indicted imprisoned civil rights activist Mohammad Abolhasani. This is the second time that he faces a new legal case during incarceration.

An informed source close to Abolhasani’s family told HRANA that there is concern that this new case has been opened to deter his release.  

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. Presently, as he is approaching the end of his prison sentence, he is facing new charges again.

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