Manouchehr Bakhtiari Sentenced to Over 13 Months in Prison on Appeal

Manouchehr Bakhtiari Sentenced to Over 13 Months in Prison on Appeal

The thirteen months and fifteen days prison sentence for Manoochehr Bakhtiari, a political prisoner held in Choobindar Prison in Qazvin, has been upheld by Branch 1 of the Court of Appeal of Qazvin Province. This case was filed against him during his imprisonment.

Based on this ruling, issued on July 1 by Branch 1 of the Court of Appeal of Qazvin Province, communicated to this political prisoner’s lawyer on Sunday, July 7, Mr. Bakhtiari has been sentenced to thirteen months and fifteen days in prison for the charge of “spreading false information.”

In May of this year, Bakhtiari received this conviction from Branch 110 of the Criminal Court 2 of Qazvin Province for a case filed against him during his imprisonment.
The court session for examining Manoochehr Bakhtiari’s charges was held on April 16 of this year via video conference in the aforementioned branch.

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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