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Supreme Court Overturned Sohail Arabi’s Death Sentence

Posted on: 29th June, 2015
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HRANA News Agency – Sohail Arabi’s death sentence on charge of insulting the prophet, was overturned by Branch 34 of the Supreme Court.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mr. Meshkani, Sohail Arabi’s solicitor, on Saturday 27th June, confirmed this news and told HRANA’s reporter: “I am very happy with Branch 34 of the Supreme Court’s tact, my client’s death sentence was overturned and his case was sent to a lower court branch.”

Earlier, because of publishing and imputing some lies by three websites; Fars News Agency, Jahan News and Dana, against Sohail Arabi, and after his solicitor made a complaints against them, the prosecutor had issued a provision for one of the sites.

It is to say that, earlier these sites wrote lies regarding Soheil Arabi’s charges and denied the charge of insulting the prophet that with his family’s and lawyers’ protests and publishing a copy of Court verdict, it was found that Mr. Sohail Arabi has insulted the Prophet and these sites has spread lies against this detained citizen.

Sohail Arabi has been accused with insulting the prophet (swearing prophet Mohammad), based on what he had shared on his personal Facebook, and his death sentence for allegedly insulting the prophet in cyberspace, was upheld by the Supreme Court and he was in risk of execution, but his lawyers endeavored to a revise hearing and referring the case to the Supreme Court, was effective and by accepting a judicial review and overturning his sentence by Branch 34, he has got rid of capital punishment.

This is while if the person who is accused of insulting the prophet, claims that his statements was on compulsion- omission- mistake or in a state of drunkenness or anger or regardless of language or meanings of words or quotes from others, then it is not insulting the prophet.

This prisoner, in ward 350 of Evin prison, is waiting for the new court verdict, enduring imprisonment.

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