Manoochehr Bakhtiari Sentenced to Additional 13 Months in Prison

Manoochehr Bakhtiari Sentenced to Additional 13 Months in Prison

Manoochehr (Manouchehr) Bakhtiari, a political prisoner at Choobindar Prison in Qazvin, has been handed an additional sentence of 13 months and 15 days by the Criminal Court of Qazvin.

This latest case, which led to charges of “disseminating false information,” was initiated while he was already incarcerated. This marks the third instance of Bakhtiari facing further charges during his imprisonment. The verdict was issued on May 12 by Branch 110 of the Criminal Court in Qazvin.

Bakhtiari’s initial arrest occurred on April 29, 2021, when he was taken by security forces from his home in Tehran. The Revolutionary Court subsequently sentenced him to three years and six months in prison, with an additional two years and six months of exile and a two-year travel ban, starting in July 2021.

On November 1, 2023, while still serving his sentence, Bakhtiari received a six-month prison term for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran,” a conviction that was confirmed on appeal.

Furthermore, in January of this year, Judge Seyyed Mousavi Asef-Al-Hosseini of Branch 1 of the Karaj Revolutionary Court delivered a significant ruling against Bakhtiari. He was sentenced to ten years for “assembly and collusion to act against national security, and for forming and running groups on the Internet to disturb national security.” Additionally, Bakhtiari received five years for “collaboration with anti-regime groups,” two years for “propaganda against the regime and disturbing public opinions,” and one year plus 74 lashes for “disseminating false information.” However, the Appellate Court later overturned these convictions and remanded the case back to the court for further review.

In a tragic and related turn of events, Bakhtiari’s son, Pouya, at the age of 27, was fatally shot by regime forces during the 2019 protests, also known as the Aban Protests, in Karaj. According to his sister and mother, Pouya succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after being shot in the head during the second day of the protest’s eruption.

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