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The New Islamic Penal Code Is Not Being Completely Enforced

Posted on: 10th June, 2015
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Abdolreza Ghanbari

HRANA News Agency – Some important parts of the new Islamic Penal Code which could help the inmates have illegally not been enforced yet.

According to the researches of HRANA in this matter, one of the very important issues is the new definition of “Muharebeh” (Enmity against God) which could end to the freedom of some prisoners or halting their death sentences.

According to the articles 279 and 281 of the Islamic Penal Code, issued in 2013, contact or supporting the armed opposition is not a reason for “Muharebeh” anymore and in case somebody would take arms against the Islamic Republic of Iran, he would face death penalty being known as “Baghi”.

Despite the clear order of the articles 99 and 10 of this code, many inmates are still imprisoned with the charge of “Muharebeh”.

During the last years many prisoners have been charged with “Muharebeh” and sentenced to long term imprisonment and even imprisonment in exile. Many of them are serving their sentences in bad health condition. E.g. Mohsen Danehspur Moghadam is more than 70 years old and suffers from severe illnesses, however he has been kept along with his son, Ahmad Daneshpur Moghadam in death row since 5 years ago.

The following is a list of the prisoners with the same situation:

1. Ahmad Karimi, exiled to Gonbad Kavus prison

2. Hadi Ghaemi, exiled to Gonbad Kavus prison

3. Zia Nabavi, exiled to Semnan prison

4. Behrang Sarkhosh, exiled to Semnan prison

5. Ali Asghar Mahmudian, exiled to Semnan prison

6. Mohammad Reza Seyfzadeh, exiled to Borazjan prison

7. Hassan Javani, exiled to Bandar Abbas prison

8. Mokhtar Rahimi, exiled to Rajai Shahr prison

9. Shahram Ahmadi, exiled to Rajai Shahr prison

10. Farzad Shahnazari, exiled to Rajai Shahr prison

11. Abdolreza Ghanbari, exiled to Rajai Shahr prison

12. Motahare Bahrami, Evin prison

13. Maryam Akbari Monfared, Evin prison

14. Sedighe Moradi, Evin prison

There are many other prisoners in the same situation whose identities are yet unknown because of lack of transparency by the judicial officials.

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