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A Report about Abdolfattah Soltani’s Situation in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: 16th July, 2015
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Abdolfattah Soltani

HRANA News Agency – Abdolfattah Soltani, an imprisoned lawyer and founding member of the Association of Defenders of Human Rights, despite numerous legal conditions for his release from prison, due to authorities’ sabotage has been denied from his legal and human rights.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Abdolfattah Soltani, despite the agreement of five judges to apply Article 18 and to restore the legal process, has been waiting for it for more than two years and a half and has been held in pending and undecided condition until the Head of the Judiciary will order a hearing.

Maedeh Soltani, Mr. Soltani’s daughter, confirming this issue, told HRANA’s reporter: “Mr. Soltani, not only is eligible for a judicial review, but even with assuming that he had been convicted, on the basis of Article 58 of the Penal Code and also Article 134 of  Criminal Procedure, he is eligible for a conditional release.”

On this basis, Mr. Soltani’s family has twice requested the Evin prison’s Court to apply Article 134, however, they have not received any response. Ms. Soltani believes that is against the law, and she added: “Since the head of the court has been changed, we have had no chance to meet him, in fact they do not give us an appointment to meet him, and my family was told that if you wait in the corridor, maybe you can see him when he is going to leave his office and probably you will be able to talk to him.”

She continued: “No one accepts the responsibility to apply Article 134. We went to the law enforcement office, we were told that was the responsibility of the prosecutor, we went to the prosecutor, he said the first court which had issued the verdict was responsible, we went everywhere, but all was useless.”

Ms. Soltani also expressed her concern about his father’s health in prison’s inappropriate condition, and complained regarding the prisoners and their families contact problems that recently have been created.

Ms. Soltani told HRANA: “Mr. Khodabakhshi, prosecutor for political prisoners in Evin Prison, despite initial agreement, still puts restrictions on Mr. Soltani’s visits, including preventing Mr. Soltani’s elderly mother from visiting him, which is against the law.”

It should be noted that Abdolfattah Soltani, a well-known lawyer and founding member of the Association of Defenders of Human Rights, had been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and exile to Borazjan prison, and 20 years banned from practicing law, in March 2011, at the Tehran Islamic Revolution Court, Branch 26, presided by Judge Pirabbasi. His sentence was reduced to 13 years on the appeal stage. If the Article 134 will be implemented, his sentence will be reduced to the maximum of 10 years imprisonment, and in accordance with current laws, he can get parole.

Formerly, the prosecutor in Evin prison had rejected his medical leave request, because of what he called “Insistence on His Thoughts” by Mr. Soltani.