Mahboubeh Karami’s Prison Sentence Due to Begin

HRANA News Agency – On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Mahboubeh Karami was summoned to prison to begin serving her sentence.


According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), following a summon issued last week, Mahboubeh Karami must report to Evin prison within three days to begin serving her jail term.


Mahboubeh Karami has been charged with membership in the organization known as Human Rights Activists in Iran, propaganda against the regime, and “involvement and conspiracy with the intent to commit crimes against national security.”  Judge Movahed presiding over the appeals court, Branch 45, sentenced her to three years in prison.  In the lower court, Mahboubeh Karami was initially sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Peerabasi.


On March 2, 2010, Mahboubeh Karami was arrested in her house during a raid by the IRGC Intelligence Unit following an orchestrated conspiracy by Iran’s Intelligence Agency to build cases against human rights activists and particularly current and former members of the organization known as Human Rights Activists in Iran.


Mahboubeh Karami suffered physically and mentally during her incarceration but was eventually released on August 14, 2010, after posting a bail approximately equivalent to $500,000.


Currently, amongst other victims of this conspiracy still locked up in Evin prison are Abolfazel Abedini (sentenced to 12 years in prison), Mehdi Khodahi (sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison) and Laleh Hassanpour (sentenced to one year in prison and 4 years of suspended term).


Additionally, a number of other human rights activists including Nasour Naghipour who has been sentenced to 7 years in prison are waiting for the Appeals Courts to hear and review their cases.

Laleh Hassanpour Summoned to Serve her Five Year Conviction

HRANA News Agency – Laleh Hassanpour, a human rights activist and blogger, was convicted by the thirty-sixth branch of Tehran’s Appeals Court and sentenced to five years in prison.  She has been subsequently ordered to report to prison to begin serving her sentence.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Laleh Hassanpour was previously sentenced by Judge Peerabasi to one year imprisonment and four years of suspended prison term.  This ruling has been upheld by the Appeals Court.

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The Latest News on the Condition of Human Rights Activists Victimized by the Iranian Security Apparatus

HRANA – In a press release, the Human Rights Activists in Iran Organization (HRAI) published the names of its detained members and associates who have been arrested over the past several months.The complete press release is as follows:

Press Release on Widespread Arrests

The Iranian Security Forces embarked on a nationwide mission against human rights defenders and, in particular, members of HRA, in February of 2010 and their mission continues in full force to date. These Actions of Security Forces had catchy names such as “American Cyber Army Defeat Mission” or “Project Against Human Rights.” However, members of HRA have given their own name to these widespread raids and arrests: “The Security Apparatus Against Human Rights Activists in Iran.” The HRA issues press releases and held a conference in which it examined the various dimensions of recent developments.

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Laleh Hassanpour Arraigned on New Charges in Evin Prison

HRANA- Human rights activist Laleh Hassanpour was summoned by the 3rd Circuit of the Revolutionary Court located in Evin Prison on Wednesday August 18, 2010.

According to HRANA reporters, she was arraigned in court on three new charges without having her lawyer present.Laleh Hassanpour was charged with “insulting the supreme leader”, “insulting the sanctity of Islam”, and “insulting the president”.

An attorney for Laleh Hassanpour tells HRANA that lawyers were not permitted into the courts located in Evin Prison and that they were not present during the proceedings.

Her attorney explained that the prior to the recent charges, Laleh Hassanpour was charged with “acting against national security” for activities related to a campaign against child executions, membership in Human Rights Activists in Iran, and participation in recent unrest.

While in detention, Laleh Hassanpour has been under severe pressure to make a televised confession.

Laleh Hassanpour was arrested on March 16, 2010 at her father’s home in Tehran by Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents and taken to ward 2A in Evin Prison.