Mehdi Rajabian Sent to Furlough after 30 Days of Hunger Strike

HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Rajabian, one of the two imprisoned artist brothers, has gone to furlough after 30 days of hunger strike.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mehdi Rajabian, imprisoned musician, has gone on a 4-day medical furlough after a hunger strike of 30 days.
The other artist brother, Hussein Rajabian, is still in Evin prison, despite infection on his left kidney.
These two imprisoned artist brothers in Evin prison, who are punitively separated and kept in ward seven and ward eight of this prison, had gone on hunger strike from Friday, October 28.
Mehdi Rajabian had been also several times taken to the hospital because of bleeding in the stomach.
Rajabian brothers have written a letter about what happened to them during the past few months in the prison, in the case of a protest hunger strike last month and “Deception” by a judicial authority, denial of meeting with lawyer and their other violated rights and asked all the artists in the world, to express a “peaceful reaction, in dignity of art” and do not leave them alone.
These artist brothers were sentenced to 6 years in prison and fine, by Judge Moghiseh of branch number 28 of revolutionary court, on charge of propaganda against the regime and sacrilege.
These sentences were reduces to three years in prison and 200 million IRRs fine for each of them.
Rajabian brothers showed up in Evin prison on June 5 to serve their sentences.
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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