Navid Khanjani Was Not Released, Has to Serve Another Year
HRANA News Agency – After 5 years in prison, while prison documents were showing that Navid Khanjani, education rights activist, was going to be released, he was told that one year in prison sentence for his case in Sarand camp in Tabriz, regarding helping victims of the earthquake had been executed and he should serve another year in prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Navid Khanjani, imprisoned human rights activist who is being kept in Rajaei Shahr prison, was supposed to be released by the end of his sentence of 5 years. But in the last minutes he was informed that his one year in prison sentence from the case Sarand camp of Tabriz was in effect and he had to remain in prison.
Navid Khanjani, Bahai citizen (born on August 7, 1987 in Isfahan) is the former head of the education rights of human rights committee in Iran, former member of human rights reporters of Iran, founder of society for fighting against the educational discrimination, who was arrested in 2009 by security forces and spent 2 months under arrest in prison. Then he was tried in branch number 26 of the revolutionary court by judge Pirabbasi and sentenced to12 years in prison. Even though this sentence was confirmed in the appeal court, after applying article 134 and accumulation of sentence, his sentence was reduced to 5 years in prison.
The charges that are laid against this human rights activist in his first case are spreading lies, propaganda against the regime by sharing news and having interview with foreign press, membership in illegal groups (human rights groups).
He was also arrested in September 2012, when he went to Sarand with 35 volunteers to help victims of an earthquake. Even though the majority of arrestees were released but Navid Khanjani was among the people, who was not released due to his previous sentence.
Mr. Khanjani was sentenced to one year in prison in a very ambiguous process.