The Prosecutor Refuses to Release Mohsen Mirdamadi and Mehdi Khodaei
HRANA News Agency – Judicial officials of Evin prison and Revolutionary Court in Tehran have informed families of Mohsen Mirdamadi and Seyed Mehdi Khodaei that as Tehran prosecutor, Jafari Dolatabadi, refused the implementation of Article 134 of the Penal Code, so they cannot be released although, based on the new law they are entitled to be released from prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), over the past few weeks and after judicial proceedings by the families and solicitors of Mr. Mohsen Mirdamadi and Seyed Mehdi Khodaei, two political prisoners from ward 350 of Evin prison, regarding implementation of Article 134 of the Penal Code, Judicial authorities of Evin prison and Revolutionary Court in Tehran have announced that as Tehran prosecutor, Jafari Dolatabadi, refused the implementation of Article 134 of the Penal Code, so they cannot do anything about these two prisoner’s’ case and their freedom.
After approval of the Penal Code by the Parliament in 2013, according to the Article 134 of the Act, prisoners with three counts of charges are allowed to get integration and implementation of the maximum issued sentence. Based on this condition, Mohsen Mirdamadi, with spending about 6 years in prison, should have been released in April last year, and Mehdi Khodaei with more than 5 years imprisonment should have been released 2 years ago, but due to Tehran prosecutor’s prevention to implement the law, their freedom have not been feasible yet.
It should be noted that a large number of political prisoners, in the prisons all over the country, are in the same situation including Majid Tavakoli, Keivan Samimi, Masood Bastani, Abdulfatah Soltani, Kamran Ayazi.
However, in the past few days, a large number of citizens and human rights activists issued an Open Letter (written to public) and demanded freedom of Mehdi Khodaei and implementation of the new Penal Code to release prisoners of conscience.