A Report about Akbar Amini Armaki’s Situation in Evin Prison
HRANA News Agency – Akbar Amini Armaki, political prisoner of Evin prison, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 5 years deprivation from being a member of parties or political organizations during past 4 years and in three different cases. Mr. Amini has been imprisoned before the 2013 presidential elections. After a year and three months, the verdict of the appeal court has not been issued yet and as a consequence accumulation of the charges cannot be applied to him.
According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Akbar Amini was arrested first time by the security police at his work place, on June 22, 2009, and transferred to solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison. After two months he was released on the bail, and sentenced to conditional two years in prison by branch number 15 of the revolutionary court in Tehran on charge of acts against the national security, in March 2010.
A close source to his family told to HRANA’s reporter, “even though Mr. Amini was sentenced conditionally by judge Salavati, after call for demonstration from Mir Hossain Moosavi and Mehdi Karroubi for showing solidarity with Tunisia and Egypt on February 14, 2011, climbed from a crane and protested against the presidential elections of 2009 and previous events. He was arrested the same day by the security forces and was interrogated for a long period in solitary confinements, which had been along with physical and mental tortures, and then he was transferred to detention of ward number 7 of Evin prison. Then he was kept in ward 350 of Evin for nearly 6 months. His court session was held in August 2011, where the charges were rejected after a great defense by Abdulfattah Soltani. However, in prosecutor’s case he was sentenced to 91 days in prison and fines”.
This informed source mentioned “start of preventive arrests” and told HRANA, “Mr. Amini again was arrested as a ‘preventive arrest’ and was transferred to solitary confinement. Then he was transferred to ward 350 in Evin. That case was closed without issuance of any verdict. I wanted to mention that he was being arrested as ‘a preventive measure’, every time and in different events including, November 4, December 7, February 11, February 14, and July 9”.
He also mentioned his arrest in Sara-e-Ghalam in November 2012, “there was a memorial of November 4, hosted by Mehdi Khazali in Saray-e-Ghalam, where many people attended. During the speech of Dr. Sholeh-Sadi, security forces broke the main door and arrested all of the attendees. They all were transferred to intelligence service. Most of them were released the next day by a written guarantee and about 20 people were sent to ward 209 of Evin. Akbar and Dr. Sholeh-Sadi were separated and the rest were sent to a suit. Akbar was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 5 years deprivation from political activities, in branch number 15 of the revolutionary court by judge Salavati, on charge of propaganda and collusion against the regime”.
This source then talked about “strange rubbery from Akbar Amini’s company” and financial damages to Amini family, bankruptcy of the company following his imprisonment and said, “A day After Arbaein (religious event) of 2012, Amini family faced strange rubbery from the office which was located at the end of Moalem Street. All of the locks were opened and the power line, phone lines and security cameras were cut off and 200 million IRR were rubbed from office accessories, which was an IT company. However, this was done possibly in order to access his personal information, because in contrast with availability of more than 1000 million IRR, mainly flash memories and hard disks were stolen, and this is why it is speculated that this rubbery was a forged rubbery. Also, police booth is located 50m from the office, and even after investigation of the police and checking for fingerprints, nothing was found. He also had a computer service and commercial company that was operated by his family and few employees. Most of the resources of the company were provided by mortgage and after paying them, next loan was requested or previous one was extended. Unfortunately after last loan was received, the bank said that they could not continue to give loan to this person, considering that he was going to leave the country and security authorities had warned about it. So, his father’s house that was in bank’s mortgage was sold in order to pay off the dept. His aged mother and father became tenant and were forced to migrate after a long happy life in Tehran”.
This source emphasized at the end that one year and three months after issuance of the sentence, appeal court has not decided yet and he cannot use accumulation of sentences and article 134 cannot be applied to him. He added, “in 2013 Akabr was assigned as head of Dr. Sholeh-Sadi’s campaign and after Dr. Sholeh-Sadi was disqualified, he worked in Rohani’s campaign. On June 7, 2013, one week before presidential elections, again he was arrested as ‘a preventive measure’ and after months in solitary confinements, another case was opened for him in branch number 15 of the revolutionary court and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison on charge of collusion and acts against the national security. After a year and three months this case is still open and the appeal court have not issued the sentence yet. After announcement of the sentence by the appeal court, article number 134 of the Islamic penal code can be applied to Mr. Amini”.