Update: 18 Months After his Arrest, Hossein Sarlak is Still Waiting

Posted on: September 30th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Hossein Sarlak, a political prisoner arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence Department last March, has been awaiting trial in Evin Prison for a year and a half.

Sarlak was arrested with a group of his comrades on April 7th of last year. Charged with “forming an illegal organization,” a close source told HRANA that he was interrogated for 100 days in a solitary cell in Evin’s Ward 2A, which is under IRGC jurisdiction. On July 16th he was transferred to Section 4, where he has been held since. HRANA has not yet been able to confirm the identities and fates of his comrades.

As of his trial last April by Judge Moghiseh in Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, Sarlak now faces four additional charges: collusion and gathering against national security, propaganda against the regime, insulting the Supreme Leader, and insulting the sacred. Six months later, the court has yet to issue a conclusive judgment.

Update: Leila Tajik Spends 13 Months in Legal Suspense in Evin’s Women’s Ward

Posted on: September 30th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Leila Tajik has now spent more than a year in the Evin Prison Women’s Ward, waiting for Iranian courts to decide her fate.

This 45-year-old prisoner was arrested along with her ex-husband in September of last year in a joint case opened by the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) charging the two with espionage. Following the arrest, she was interrogated for seven months in an IRGC outpost.

An informed source told HRANA that her ex-husband, who formerly served on the IRGC, is still detained at the outpost. “Their children, Sabah, 16, and Sahand, 19, are hurting over the breakup of their family, and are feeling additional pressures from IRGC agents.”

Tajik and her ex-spouse reportedly filed divorce papers prior to their arrest. Both have been barred from appointing a defense lawyer of their choosing.

Detained Political Activist Hamed Ayinehvand Spends 3 Months in Legal Limbo

Posted on: September 30th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Hamed Ayinehvand, a detained journalist and political activist who was arrested June 28, 2018 by security forces from the Intelligence unit of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and transferred to the general ward (Ward 4, Hall 3) of Evin Prison, has been in a state of legal limbo for the past three months.

Despite the completion of both the investigation process and the judicial proceedings, the Prosecutor of Branch 7 of the Evin Prosecutor’s office has denied Ayinehvand bail. He has been charged with “propaganda against the regime through cyberspace activities.” He reportedly spent 44 days in solitary confinement between his arrest and his transfer to Evin’s general ward.

Hamed Ayinehvand is a political activist, journalist, and Ph.D. student of international relations at Islamic Azad University’s science and research department. He was disqualified as a candidate in Iran’s most recent Parliamentary election [via the controversial vetting process of Iran’s Guardian Council].