Recently, the Revolutionary Court of Bukan sentenced Bukan resident Chia Agha-Beygpour to one year and two months in prison, 70 lashes and paying a fine.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Chia Agha-Beygpour was charged with “propaganda against the regime in favour of one of the opposition political parties”. He was denied access to an attorney and phone calls during his detention.
On July 29, 2021, security forces arrested and held him in a detention center at the disposal of the Ministry of Intelligence in Bukan. On September 6, he was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.
Recently, eight economic defendants in Tehran were sentenced to imprisonment and lashes.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the IRIB, part of the case is still under process in court.
Based on this report, Zabihollah Khodaeian, the spokesman of the Judiciary, announced that Reza Hamzeh-Lou, Abbas Samimi Na’eb, Alireza Alaei Rahmani, Mostafa Tehrani, Mohsen Ahmadian, and Marjan Shaykh-ol-Eslami received the same charges and sentences.
According to Khodaeian, they were charged with “participating in major disruptions in the economic system through manipulation in the distribution of 6 billion and 656 million euros, earned from the export of petrochemical products”, and each were sentenced to 20 years in prison, 74 lashes, financial penalties, and permanent deprivation of any government services.
Khodaeian added, “Also, Sam Hamed Sa’edian and Abolfazl Maleki Shamsabadi were each sentenced to 15 years in prison, 74 lashes in public, and deprivation of any government services along with financial punishment on charges of participating in major disruptions in the country’s economic system.”
According to Khodaeian, these rulings are final and unable to be appealed unless by retrial.
Iran is one of the few countries that has continued to use humiliating punishments despite the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights explicit prohibition of the use of inhumane and degrading punishments, including the death penalty and flogging.
The Tehran Court of Appeals sentenced Abbas Akhoondi, former Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran, to 60 lashes and three months suspended imprisonment.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Tasnim news agency, Branch 78 of the Tehran Court of Appeals charged Akhoondi with “publishing lies”. The sentence was issued following the complaints from Seyed Mehdi Hashemi against the former Minister.
Iran is one of the few countries that has continued to use humiliating punishments despite the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ explicit prohibition of the use of inhumane and degrading punishments, including the death penalty and flogging.