Mehdi and Hossain Rajabian Begin Serving their Sentences in Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Two artist brothers, Mehdi and Hossain Rajabian, filmmaker and musician, were summoned to Evin prison to serve their three years in prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mehdi Rajabian, musician and his brother Hossain Rajabian, filmmaker were summoned to Evin prison in order to serve their three years in prison. They showed up in the Evin prison and have been imprisoned.
These two artists, along with another artist with the name of Yousef Emadi, were tried in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh and sentenced to 6 years in prison and fines each, on charge of sacrilege and propaganda against the regime.
These sentences were reduced in branch number 54 of court of appeal to three years.
Amnesty international demanded the cancellation of the sentences of these artists in a statement and announced that Hossain Rajabian, filmmaker and the two musicians, Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi were sentenced to imprisonments for their artistic activities and they if imprisoned will be considered as prisoner of conscience.
Mehdi Rajabia, Hossain Rajabian and Yousef Emadi had been arrested in their office in Sari in October 2013. They were kept in an unknown location for 18 days, and went under harassment and tortures including electric shock, and then were transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison.
After two months in solitary confinement and interrogation in ward 2-A, they were released on a bail of 2 billion IRR.
According to an informed source they were under pressure for TV confessions against themselves during interrogations, and the interrogator had threatened them that if they would not comply, they would be sentenced to lifetime prison.
These three artists were sentenced to 6 years in prison and fine, in the primary court, on charge of propaganda against the regime and blasphemy, in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court in December 2015.
An informed source told HRANA’s reporter, “The trial took few minutes and the presence of a lawyer was meaningless and there was no opportunity for any defense”.
The appeal court was held in January 2016 in branch number 54 by judge Babayi.
They were deprived of having lawyer throughout all of the process of their cases and even in the appeal court the judge has told them that having a lawyer was “meaningless” and they had to explain everything themselves. Despite their explanation that their confessions were taken under pressure, they were used as evidences against them.
165 musicians, filmmakers, scholars and activists, by signing a petition expressed their concerns and complains about the heavy sentences for Mehdi Rajabian, Music composer Se-Tar (music instrument) player and founder of Barg Music press; Hossain Rajabian, filmmaker and Yousef Emadi, music composer and asked for immediate and unconditional freedom of these artists and end of these type of behaviors with artists.
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