A Report About The Latest Status Of Behnam Ibrahimzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Behnam (Asad) Ibrahimzadeh, labour activist and prisoner of Rajaei Shahr prison is serving his 6th year in prison. His first sentence has ended long time ago, but he is serving another sentence which was issued during his imprisonment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the appeal court of Tehran has sentenced Behnam Ibrahimzadeh to 7 years and 10 months and 15 days in prison and 450 thousand Tomans fine. He has been charged with collusion for committing criminal acts against the national security and foreign policies. The sentence of the primary court was 9 years.

He was serving his 5-year sentence, when he was tried again.

Besides, breaking court order and using satellite equipment and paly cards were among his allegations. All of these allegation were put on him while he was in prison.

One of HRANA’s legal advisors told, “even though it is near impossible to prove the allegation of collusion and acts against the national security, but according to the Islamic penal act, for the accumulation of these charges he should have not received more than 5 years and the current sentence is against the law”.

Behnam Ibrahimzadeh (born in 1977), labour activist, first had been arrested in 2008 on charge of writing slogans and propaganda against the regime, in Oshnaviyeh town.

Mr. Ibrahimzadeh was arrested for the second time in May 2009 and on May 1st, along with some other labour activists and civil rights activists and members of Laleh Park Mothers’ movement. He was released on the bail after a month.

This labour activist was arrested for the third time on June 12, 2010. After the arrest, he spent 4 months under pressure and interrogation in solitary confinements in Evin prison, then he was transferred to ward 350.

Branch number 15 of the revolutionary court and judge Salavati in a short trial and without presence of a lawyer sentenced him to 20 years in prison which was reduced to 5 years in the appeal court.

Behnam Ibrahimzadeh was beaten and injured during the prison guards’ raid to ward 350, known as the “Black Thursday”, then he was sent to solitary confinement in ward 240 for 15 days.

This labour activist was transferred to solitary confinement of ward 209 last May and illegally exiled to Rajaei Shahr prison after some time.

He is suffering from lumber disc and arthritis and he has not managed to treat them in prison despite the efforts. His son, Nima is diagnosed with cancer and due to Nima’s condition and long distance and financial difficulties, he is practically deprived of weekly visits.

Mr. Ibrahmzadeh is harassed many times in ward number 10 of Rajaei Shahr prison, and has been transferred multiple times to other wards. He is currently serving in ward number 10.

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