A Report about Sohail Arabi’s Situation in Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Sohail Arabi is a prisoner of conscience who has been sentenced to 7 years and six months in prison and held in ward 350 of Evin prison since 2012. He had to spend his birthday on August 20 in prison, while judicial and prison authorities are rejecting his requests for parole and furlough.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), as Sohail Arabi’s death sentence was rejected last year, he was first sentenced to 90 months in prison and two years deprivation from religious activities and then to 78 months.
A close source to Mr. Arabi said that authorities were still rejecting his parole and furlough requests and told HRANA’s reporter, “deprivation from religious activities is not for demonstration of regret, it is a punishment that is against the law. Besides, 5 years being banned from departing the country after being released, is another punishment for him”.
This informed source explained about the possible illness of Mr. Arabi, “He is not diagnosed with a specific disease, but his teeth’s condition is not Ok and he has pains. The costs are high in the prison. Besides, there is no good dentist in prison”.
Sohail Arabi was born on August 22, 1985. He is married and has a daughter.
Mr. Arabi and his wife were self-employed and working in their photography studio. The IRGC forces of Sarallah Base arrested him on December 7, 2013 at his house and transferred him to ward 2-A of Evin prison.
After two months interrogation by the revolutionary guards, he was tried in branch number 12 of Media and Culture Court and charged with propaganda against the regime, insulting founder of Islamic Republic, insulting officials and sacrilege, and then transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison.
In June 2014, he was tried for Sab-e-Nabi (insulting the prophet) in branch number 71 of criminal court of province, by judge Khorasani, and according to lawsuit and request of prosecutor’s representative and by the sentence of the court, he was sentenced to death.
Mr. Arabi was charged with Sab-e-Nabi based on his posts on a Facebook page and his death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court in December 2014. But after the efforts made by his lawyers, his lawsuit went to the Supreme Court and was treated again in branch number 34 and he was saved from execution.
Previously, following the lies published by three web sites of Farsnews, Jahannews, and Dana, against Sohail Arabi, and complains of Sohail Arabi’s lawyer, prosecutor ordered investigations.
This sentence is issued, while according to law, when defendant claim that his statements were by negligence, mistake, or while he/she was drunk or during anger or without paying attention to the meaning or quoting, then it will not Sab-e-Nabi.
This prisoner of conscientious is currently in ward 350 of Evin prison and will spend his 3rd birthday in prison.

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