A Report on Shahrokh Zamani’s Latest Status in Rajai Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – Shahrokh Zamani, imprisoned labor activist in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, began the fifth year of his imprisonment without going on leave, while during this time in prison, he has heard the news of his daughter’s marriage and his mother’s death, and has not been given the permission even for a short time leave, to participate in either of the ceremonies.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Shahrokh Zamani was not allowed to attend his daughter’s wedding in September 2014, also this labor activist could not be present even for a short time in his mother’s burial and funeral in February 2015, however, due to the distances between Tabriz and Karaj he had no chance to have a regular visit with his family members.

Shahrokh Zmani, labor activist, was arrested on 25th May 2011 in Tabriz, and was held for 36 days in solitary confinement. According to HRANA’s sources, his official date of arrest has been mentioned as 9th June that shows he had been detained for at least 5 day without any warrant and illegally. The Branch 1 of Tabriz Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Hamlbar, sentenced Shahrokh Zamani to 11 years imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the regime and the forming groups to disturb the national security, which was precisely upheld by the court of appeal.

After the interrogations on 19th October he was released on a bail of 202 million Tomans, from Tabriz Central Prison and shortly afterwards on 14th January along with Mohammad Jarahi, was arrested at his workplace and was transferred to Tabriz Central Prison to endure his sentence.

At the arrival in Tabriz prison he was illegally held for over a month in the quarantine ward of the prison, so that he went on a hunger strike again, and after a while he was transferred to the ward of financial crimes in Tabriz Prison. During his detention in this prison he was transferred from one ward to another for several times and had been harassed. Finally he was transferred to ward 15 of “Methadone”, ward of drug addicted prisoners where has very bad health condition. According to the reports, dangerous diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis are prevalent in this ward.

On 27th May 2012, he was illegally and without any warrant, transferred on handcuffs and shackles from Tabriz prison to the prison of Yazd. He then was returned to Tabriz again on 7th August and finally on 23rd September he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj.

Shahrokh Zamani, once again was transferred from Rajai Shahr prison to Tabriz on 8th September 2013 and by the Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court was tried and subsequently, was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment on charges of insulting the leadership.

This imprisoned labor was transferred to Ghezel-hesar prison in Karaj, on 11th March 2014 and to protest against this transfer, he went on hunger strike. Following his hunger strike, the authorities again transferred him to Rajai Shahr Prison, in Karaj, on14th April 2014.

This labor activist formerly had been arrested in 1993, on charges of illegal activities in the painters’ union and was imprisoned for about 18 months.

Shahrokh Zamani, a member of the Board of Directors and the Board Committee for the establishment of independent trade unions to reopen union of construction workers and painters, is now in political prisoners’ ward in Rajai Shahr prison, serving his fifth-year of imprisonment sentence without any leave.

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