Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Azerbaijani Activist

Posted on: October 4th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – The three-year prison sentence of Azerbaijani activist Hossein Ali Mohammadi Alvar has been upheld by Judge Bahloul Alizadeh of East Azerbaijan Province Appeals Court Branch 3. Mohammadi Alvar is a resident of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, home to the country’s Azerbaijani ethnic minority.

An informed source confirmed news of the appeals decision to HRANA and elaborated on Mohammadi Alvar’s charges: two years in prison for insulting the Supreme Leader, and one year in prison for propaganda against the regime.

The appeals verdict confirmed the initial sentence issued to Mohammadi Alvar in Branch 2 of Tabriz Revolutionary Court. The same appeals court upheld the same sentence on the same charges four years ago, in connection to a different case file initially tried in Tabriz Revolutionary Court Branch 3. Pursuant to the 2014 ruling, security agents apprehended Mohammadi Alvar March 1, 2015, transferring him to Tabriz Central Prison to begin serving his sentence.

Authorities began developing a rap sheet on Mohammadi Alvar on September 12, 2013, when he and Farzad Mahdavi were arrested by security agents at a match of the Tabriz-based soccer club “Tractor Sazi.” Both Mohammadi Alvar and Mahdavi spent a day in detention before posting bail and going free.

Two months later, on November 4th, 2013, Tabriz security agents would arrest Mohammadi Alvar a second time, along with his fellow Azerbaijani activist Taha Kermani. Mohammadi Alvar and Kermani spent nearly 6 months in Tabriz Central prison before being released on bail. The corollary 10-year prison sentence issued to Mohammadi Alvar and Kermani in Revolutionary Court Branch 3 was later reduced to 2 years in appeals court.

In July 2015, Amnesty International issued a statement expressing concern that Mohammadi Alvar and Kermani’s 10-year sentence was “unjustified” and “politically motivated.” Amnesty said the men were convicted on the basis of confessions extracted under torture, which constituted a violation of human rights. They urged authorities to order an impartial investigation of the men’s torture allegations, and that if the latter is proven true, to bring those responsible to justice.

A Report About Hossein Alimohammadi’s Situation In The Central Prison Of Tabriz

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Hossein Alimohammadi Alvar, political prisoner, after eight months of detention, is still waiting for judicial proceedings by the Court of Appeal regarding his 10 years imprisonment sentence which has been issued by the Revolutionary Court in Tabriz. He has been deprived of medical appropriate care and treatment despite his eye diseases, in Tabriz prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), he is currently being held in the ward of prisoners of common crimes and sometimes dangerous criminals, in Tabriz prison and his efforts to be transferred to the political prisoners’ ward has been ineffective. (more…)

2 Civil Activists Ask for Further Appeal on Their Cases

Posted on: June 21st, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Hossein Alimohammadi Alvar and Seyed Taha Kermani, two civil activists in Tabriz, after being sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by branch 3 of Tabriz revolutionary court, appealed in due time and requested the Court of Appeal’s reconsideration.

Their lawyers, Jafar Afsharnia and Amir Bakhshi on Monday 15th June, made an appeal against the issued verdict by the delivery bill to the court, objecting the contradictions of the verdict including “not providing any evidence indicating the guilt” and “violation of the principle of innocence” and asked for a hearing and accurate legal proceedings on the cases of their clients. (more…)