Amir Abbas Azarmvand Sentenced to Four Years and Three Months In Prison

Recently, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced journalist and workers’ rights activist Amir Abbas Azarmvand to four years and three months in prison. As a complementary punishment, he was banned from leaving the country and from membership in any political group for two years. If the verdict is upheld on appeal, the three year and seven month sentence on one count will be enforceable, per Article 134 of the Penal Islamic Code.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran headed by Judge Afshari notified him of his conviction. He has been sentenced on charges of “assembly and collusion to act against national security”, and eight months on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. The court session was held on January 8, 2022, and he was notified about the conviction later.

On September 1, 2021, security forces arrested Azarmvand at his home. On September 23, 2021, he was released on bail.  At the time, the courthouse told his family that the bail was 500 million tomans (118,000 USD). However, when they attempted to reduce the bail, which they could not afford, they were told that he was still under interrogation and that, for now, no bail will be accepted.

Azarmvand has two other arrests due to his civil activities in December of 2018 and in January of 2021.