Civil Rights Advocate Mohammad Abolhassani Faces Deprivations in Choobindar Prison

Mohammad Abolhassani, a civil rights activist, is serving his sentence in Choobindar Prison, Qazvin. Mr. Abolhassani has faced various deprivations in this prison due to his refusal to perform forced labor.

A source close to the prisoner’s family confirmed this news to HRANA, stating: “Since July 14, the authorities of Choobindar Prison have violated the principle of separation of crimes by transferring Mr. Abolhassani from Ward 17 to Ward 14, which is designated for financial crimes. In this ward, prisoners are obliged to perform forced labor. Mr. Abolhassani’s refusal to do forced labor led the authorities to deny his request for leave.”

The informed source added that this prisoner has also been threatened with punitive transfer to solitary confinement and deprivation of all prison facilities, including having a bed, if he continues to refuse forced labor.

Mohammad Abolhassani was summoned on December 14, 2021, to serve his prison sentence and was subsequently transferred to Evin Prison on January 1, 2022. On February 6, 2023, without prior notice, he was beaten and transferred from Evin Prison to Choobindar Prison in Qazvin.

Regarding a new case opened against him during his imprisonment, Abolhassani was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Qazvin to three months in prison and twelve lashes for “disturbing public order. Ultimately, this prison sentence was converted to a fine.

In January 2021, while serving his previous sentence, he was tried in a new case along with two co-defendants and was initially sentenced by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari, to fifteen months in prison and four months of forced labor at the Agricultural Jihad Organization for four hours a day. In March 2021, this sentence was upheld by Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals.

In October 2022, he was also sentenced to four years in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran for another case opened against him during his imprisonment.

Mohammad Abolhassani, a resident of Qazvin, has a history of arrest and conviction due to his activism.

Manouchehr Bakhtiari Sentenced to Over 13 Months in Prison on Appeal

The thirteen months and fifteen days prison sentence for Manoochehr Bakhtiari, a political prisoner held in Choobindar Prison in Qazvin, has been upheld by Branch 1 of the Court of Appeal of Qazvin Province. This case was filed against him during his imprisonment.

Based on this ruling, issued on July 1 by Branch 1 of the Court of Appeal of Qazvin Province, communicated to this political prisoner’s lawyer on Sunday, July 7, Mr. Bakhtiari has been sentenced to thirteen months and fifteen days in prison for the charge of “spreading false information.”

In May of this year, Bakhtiari received this conviction from Branch 110 of the Criminal Court 2 of Qazvin Province for a case filed against him during his imprisonment.
The court session for examining Manoochehr Bakhtiari’s charges was held on April 16 of this year via video conference in the aforementioned branch.

Bakhtiari’s initial arrest occurred on April 29, 2021, when he was taken by security forces from his home in Tehran. The Revolutionary Court subsequently sentenced him to three years and six months in prison, with an additional two years and six months of exile and a two-year travel ban, starting in July 2021.

On November 1, 2023, while still serving his sentence, Bakhtiari received a six-month prison term for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran,” a conviction that was confirmed on appeal.

Furthermore, in January of this year, Judge Seyyed Mousavi Asef-Al-Hosseini of Branch 1 of the Karaj Revolutionary Court delivered a significant ruling against Bakhtiari. He was sentenced to ten years for “assembly and collusion to act against national security, and for forming and running groups on the Internet to disturb national security.” Additionally, Bakhtiari received five years for “collaboration with anti-regime groups,” two years for “propaganda against the regime and disturbing public opinions,” and one year plus 74 lashes for “disseminating false information.” However, the Appellate Court later overturned these convictions and remanded the case back to the court for further review.

In a tragic and related turn of events, Bakhtiari’s son, Pouya, at the age of 27, was fatally shot by regime forces during the 2019 protests, also known as the Aban Protests, in Karaj. According to his sister and mother, Pouya succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after being shot in the head during the second day of the protest’s eruption.

Execution of Three Death-Row Convicts Across Yazd, Qazvin, and Kermanshah

On January 11, 2024, three inmates convicted of murder and drug-related crimes were executed in Yazd, Qazvin, and Kermanshah.

Kurdpa reported the execution of Falit Abedi, a 55-year-old inmate in Choobindar Prison, Qazvin. Abedi had been convicted of drug offenses three years ago.

Simultaneously, in Kermanshah Province, Meysam Habibi, 37, was executed on the same day for a murder conviction dating back seven years, according to Kurdpa.

Haal Vsh reported the execution of Nezam Dhamarde, a 48-year-old father of four, on January 11, in Yazd Prison. Dhamarde had been sentenced to death for drug offenses two years ago.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions at the time of writing. The lack of official information raises concerns about transparency and accountability in the execution process.

In 2023, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered the execution of  746 individuals. Out of these, 6 were carried out in public. Among the executed individuals whose genders were identified, 597 were male and 20 were female. Additionally, 2 juvenile offenders, defined as individuals under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged crimes, were also executed. For a comprehensive examination of the details and statistics surrounding the executions in Iran, refer to HRANA’s annual report.

 

Civil Rights Advocate Mohammad Abolhassani Faces Imprisonment and Flogging

Mohammad Abolhassani, a civil rights advocate currently incarcerated in Choobindar Prison, has been handed a sentence of three months and 12 lashes for additional charges incurred during his imprisonment. The prison term has been converted to a monetary fine.

The sentence was imposed on Abolhassani under the allegation of “disturbing public order.”

Presently serving his sentence at Choobindar Prison in Qazvin, Abolhassani is housed among inmates convicted of violent crimes, contrary to prison regulations. Moreover, he has been subjected to limitations when making phone calls, including the mandatory presence of prison guards during these conversations.

In January 2021, Abolhassani while serving his sentence for a previous legal case, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court for “propaganda against the regime.” In addition to the prison term, he was assigned four hours of penal labor per day for four months. This ruling was subsequently upheld on appeal.

On January 1, 2022, Abolhassani was transferred to Evin Prison to commence his sentence.
In October 2022, he found himself facing further legal actions, resulting in an additional four-year imprisonment term.
On February 6, 2023, he was violently relocated from Evin Prison to Choobindar Prison in Qazvin.

 

Civil Rights Advocate Alireza Ramezani Receives Imprisonment and Exile Sentence

Alireza Ramezani, a civil rights activist residing in Qazvin, has been sentenced to one year, ten months, and 16 days by the Qazvin Revolutionary Court.

This verdict comprises a 15-month sentence for “insulting the supreme leader of Iran” and an additional seven months and 16 days for “propaganda against the regime.” Furthermore, he faces a two-year mandatory residence in Nikshahr, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, along with a two-year travel ban.

If the verdict is upheld on appeal, in accordance with Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the harshest penalty of 15 months in prison for the first charge will be enforced.

On July 9, 2023, Alireza Ramezani was arrested by security forces in Tehran and subsequently transferred to Choobindar prison in Qazvin. He secured his release on bail from this facility on July 20, 2023.

Notably, in September 2022, Ramezani was detained by security forces in Qazvin and held at Choobindar Prison. He was granted bail on October 13, 2022. However, in May 2023, the Qazvin Revolutionary Court sentenced him to one year in prison and imposed a two-year exile in Borazjan, Bushehr Province, despite being granted amnesty in February 2022.

Alireza Ramezani, approximately 37 years old, is a father of one child and a former university lecturer passionately involved in civil rights advocacy.

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Ramin Ghashghaie Receives Six-Year Prison Sentence

Ramin Ghashghaie Garbachi, a resident of Qazvin, has been sentenced to six years in prison by the Qazvin Revolutionary Court. The sentence also includes a travel ban and mandatory residence in Nik Shahr, Sistan and Baluchestan province, for two years.

The verdict stipulates that Ghashghaie is given five years for “assembly and collusion to act crime and against national security,” and an additional year for “propaganda against the regime.” If the verdict stands after appeal, Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code will enforce the five-year imprisonment.

If the verdict is upheld on appeal, five years imprisonment as per Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code will be enforceable.

Ghashghaie was apprehended by security forces in Qazvin on March 12, 2023, and spent approximately two months in detention at Choobindar Prison before being released on bail.

Execution of Three Inmates in Kerman and Qazvin

On August 7, Haal Vsh reported that two inmates, both convicted of drug-related crimes, were executed at Kerman Prison.

One of these inmates has been identified as Abdolghafar Shehiki (Hasehmzahi), a 38-year-old married man and father of two children. He was arrested for drug-related offenses in Kerman two years ago and subsequently sentenced to death by the Kerman Revolutionary Court. The second inmate, an Afghan national, remains unidentified.

In a separate incident, the Iran Human Rights Organization informed about the execution of Jabar Moslemi, aged 35, on August 6, at Choobindar Prison in Qazvin. Moslemi had been arrested and convicted of murder three years ago.

At the time of writing, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have reported on these executions.

In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 457 reports related to the death penalty. This included 92 death sentences, including the conviction of 6 people to public execution and 565 execution sentences were carried out, 2 of which have been carried out in public. Based on the announced identifications of some of the executed individuals, 501 were male and 11 were female. In addition, 5 juvenile offenders were executed in 2022, meaning they were under the age of 18 at the time they committed the crime.

 

Civil Rights Activist Mohammad Abolhassani Brutally Assaulted by Prison Guards

On June 12, 2023, Mohammad Abolhassani, a civil rights activist, was subjected to a violent attack by prison guards at Choobindar Prison in Qazvin Province. The assault occurred after Abolhassani voiced his concerns about the deplorable conditions within the prison.

An informed source, speaking to HRANA, disclosed that Abolhassani was confronted by a prison officer, leading to a physical altercation involving the deputy head of the prison and two other guards. The incident resulted in Abolhassani losing consciousness, after which he was taken to the prison infirmary. He later regained consciousness.

Presently serving his sentence at Choobindar Prison in Qazvin, Abolhassani is housed among inmates convicted of violent crimes, contrary to prison regulations. Moreover, he has been subjected to limitations when making phone calls, including the mandatory presence of prison guards during these conversations.

In January 2021, Abolhassani while serving his sentence for a previous legal case, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court for “propaganda against the regime.” In addition to the prison term, he was assigned four hours of penal labor per day for four months. This ruling was subsequently upheld on appeal.

On January 1, 2022, Abolhassani was transferred to Evin Prison to commence his sentence.
In October 2022, he found himself facing further legal actions, resulting in an additional four-year imprisonment term.
On February 6, 2023, he was violently relocated from Evin Prison to Choobindar Prison in Qazvin.

Two Inmates Executed in Zahedan and Qazvin

On June 8, 2023, Alidoost Sumalani, 45, was executed in Zahedan Prison, according to Rasank news. He had been convicted of murder two years ago.

In Choobindar Prison, Qazvin, an inmate convicted of drug-related crimes was executed, as reported by Hamshahri Online.

Additionally, on the same day, three death-row prisoners, including a woman convicted of drug-related crimes, were transferred to solitary confinement, indicating the impending implementation of the death penalty. HRANA is currently working on identifying these inmates.

In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 457 reports related to the death penalty. This included 92 death sentences, including the conviction of 6 people to public execution and 565 execution sentences were carried out, 2 of which have been carried out in public. Based on the announced identifications of some of the executed individuals, 501 were male and 11 were female. In addition, 5 juvenile offenders were executed in 2022, meaning they were under the age of 18 at the time they committed the crime.

Musician Masoumeh Banagar Arrested in Qazvin

On January 30, 2023, Masoumeh Banagar was summoned to the Judiciary of Qazvin and arrested after an appearance. Banagar is a musician and children’s music teacher.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on January 30, 2023, music teacher Masoumeh Banagar was arrested in Qazvin.

Banagar was arrested and jailed for attending the commemoration ceremony for Javad Heydari, who was killed by regime forces at protests.

An informed source told HRANA that “the first time, on November 13, 2022, intelligence agents arrested her at her house without showing any arrest warrant and took her to Choobindar Prison in Qazvin. She was accused of publishing a few social media stories. Once again, on December 25, she was summoned, arrested, and jailed after an appearance. After ten days, she was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.”

Since the beginning of nationwide protests, over 19600 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, at least 769 people have been sentenced to a total of about 13721 months imprisonment.