Mehdi Farahi Shandiz Has to Stay in Prison until 2019
HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Farahi Shahndiz, political prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison, in Karaj, who has been sentenced a total 9 years imprisonment on charges of insulting the leadership in three times, must stay in prison until 2019.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), out of these three cases, two sentences have been issued while Mehdi Farahi Shahndiz was kept in prison.
This prisoner recently was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charge of insulting the leadership, by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghiseh on 26th May. However, by an illegal action, he has not been informed of the hearing and his sentence and it was directly in the prisoners’ status.
Based on one of HRANA’s legal adviser, usually, prisoners sentence is not stated in prisoners case statement, before the final verdict, and considering the date of issuance and the fact that prisoner was not informed of his sentence, apparently, the decision is finalized and he also has lost the opportunity to appeal and review.
This prisoner was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, in February last year, by Branch 15 of the Revolution Court, presided by Judge Salvati, on charges of insulting the leadership and disturbing public order and earlier, in May 2011 with the same charges was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by Judge Moghiseh.
Regarding his first trial on charges of insulting the leadership, he told HRANA: “Two of the court doormen were used as witnesses and they told that I had broken a glass while chanting “Down with Khamenei”.
Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was arrested in Park La’leh, in Tehran on 1st May 2009, in International Workers’ Day, and security officers searched and confiscated his documents, personal belongings and books and following this detention, he was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment that spend most of it in solitary confinements in ward 209 of Evin prison and was released in February 2009.
Mr. Shandiz, last time, after repeated attempts to get his confiscated stuff and documents from the Revolutionary Court such as; (passport, birth certificate, National ID card, computer, etc.), was prevented from entering the offices and when he resisted, they arrested him and in branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on charges of insulting the leadership and disturbing public order, was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Although, his first 3 years imprisonment sentence, has been finished on 25th November 2014, but the new cases, prevented him from being released. This prisoner is currently in Rajai Shahr prison, in ward 10, enduring his imprisonment.