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Mohammad Reza Aghakhani’s Appeal Rejected by the Supreme Court

Posted on: 12th April, 2018
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Mohammad Reza Aghakhani

HRANA News Agency – The appeal of Mohammad Reza Aghakhani, an activist imprisoned in Evin Prison, who was previously sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges of membership in the national and religious group and acting against national security in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, and his sentence was confirmed by Branch 54 of the Renewal Court of Tehran, rejected by Branch 38 of the Supreme Court recently. Mohammad Reza Aghakhani sent to Evin prison after he was summoned in November last year.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mohammad Reza Aghakhani has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court and remains in prison since November last year. The appeal court upheld the verdict, and the last appeal of this political activist was rejected by Branch 38 of the Supreme Court.

Mohammad Reza Aghakhani, a national and religious activist, was first arrested on May 22, 2013 by the Ministry of Intelligence forces, during which the detention lasted a total of 45 days and he was eventually released on the bail until the trial was held.

A source close to the family of Mohammad Reza Aghakhani, regarding his case, told HRANA’s reporter: “Reza Aghakhani, a national and religious activist, was sentenced to three years imprisonment by Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Salavati, on charges of membership in the national and religious group, gathering and collusion to act against national security.”

This source added: “Despite the fact that during the restoration of the trial, the Supreme Court rejected the charge of gathering and collusion to act against national security, because of lack of evidence, but unfortunately, Branch 54 of the Appeals Court re-voted the issued verdict. His appeal was also inconclusive in a way that Branch 38 of the Supreme Court rejected it and the result was also communicated to him in recent days in prison.”

This source, regarding the activities of Aghakhani, told HRANA’s reporter: “He did not have any particular activities, whether with a party or a group.”

The national and religious activist received a summons from the court to go to the law-enforcement office at Evin Prison on November 4, 2017.

This prisoner is currently being held at Room 8 in Ward 8 at Evin Prison.

According to relatives of Mr. Aghakhani, his child suffers from severe physical handicap, and the wife of this prisoner has to pay the medications cost alone in the absence of her husband.

Mohammad Reza Aghakhani, 56, is a graduate of political science from Payame Noor University, and also has received a first class degree in empirical architecture.

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