Iran-Iraq War Veteran Mohammad-Vali Heydarbeigi Receives 13-Year Prison Sentence

The Criminal Court of Abhar, located in Zanjan province, has delivered a 13-year prison sentence to Mohammad-Vali Heydarbeigi (Heydar-Beigi), an injured veteran of the Iran-Iraq war.

According to the verdict issued on October 2, Heydarbeigi has been sentenced to five years for “collaboration with adversary countries,” another five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” two years for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran,” and an additional year for “propaganda against the regime,” amounting to a total of 13 years.

Should the verdict be upheld upon appeal, in accordance with Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, five years of the sentence will be enforceable.

Heydarbeigi was arrested on November 19, 2022, and held in detention at the IRGC intelligence facility in Zanjan. After 25 days, he was released on bail amounting to one billion tomans.

Iran Protests: Mehdi Dadgar Sentenced to over Four Years in Prison

The Criminal Court of Abhar sentenced Mehdi Dadgar, arrested during nationwide protests, to four years and three months and 16 days in prison.

According to this verdict, Dadgar received three years for “insulting the Prophet of Islam” and 15 months and 16 days for “spreading falsehood to disturb public opinions.”
Earlier, for another part of his legal case, he had been sentenced to 15 months for “insulting the former and current Supreme Leader of Iran” and 8 months for “propaganda against the regime.”

If the verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, three years in prison for the first count will be enforceable.

On September 22, 2022, he and his sister, Samaneh Dadgar, were arrested at protests and jailed in Abhar and Safar Abad Prisons, respectively. After a while, they were released on bail.

Since the beginning of nationwide protests, at least19571 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, about 738 people have been sentenced to a total of 12342 months imprisonment.



Three Individuals Arrested in Abhar

During the arrests in recent days related to the protests in Iran, security forces arrested three residents of Abhar, Saeedeh Moradi, Ali Maghsoudi and Alireza Razavi and took them to Zanjan Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on September 29, 2022, Saeedeh Moradi, Ali Maghsoudi and Alireza Razavi were arrested in Abhar, Zanjan Province.

On September 17, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died at a hospital after the Moral Police arrested her for improper hejab. Since September 23, demonstrations were held in at least 85 cities and 18 universities across 29 provinces, and are still ongoing, as many have been arrested, injured, or killed.

Four Workers Killed and Three Injured due to Unsafe Workplace Conditions

On Tuesday, October 26, in Abhar City, unsafe workplace conditions at steel company Fulad-Nab Arash led to a fatal accident in which four workers were killed and three injured.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ISNA, the cause of death for the three killed workers was nitrogen asphyxiation.

“On Tuesday at 4 pm, the medical emergency center was called about a work accident in Fulad-Nab Arash Company located in one of the industrial estates in Abhar City,” the public relations officer of the medical emergency of Abhar commented. “Immediately three ambulances were dispatched to the spot.”

He added, “One worker lost consciousness due to suffocation by nitrogen gas. Two others rushed to save him, but, unfortunately, they  suffocated too and all three lost their lives on the spot.”

The medical superintendent of forensic medicine of Abhar added that four other workers were injured. Three have been discharged from the hospital and the last is still under medical treatment.

The medical superintendent of forensic medicine in Lorestan Province reported that only in the first six months of this year, 346 workers have killed or injured in this province.

Iran ranks 102 in workplace safety out of 189 countries.

Citizen Detained by Security Forces in Zanjan Province

On June 17, Amir Hossein Abedi, a native of Abhar in Zanjan Province, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, 33-year-old Amir Hossein Abedi, son of Niatullah, is married and has three young children.

Despite repeated follow-ups by Abedi’s family, there has been no response from security agencies or the judiciary regarding the reasons for Mr. Abedi’s detention, his whereabouts, the organization in charge of his arrest, or his current condition.


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