Mahnaz Tarah Sentenced to Four Years and Four Months in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court has issued a four-year, four-month prison sentence to Mahnaz Tarah on political charges.

Iman Afshari, presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, delivered a three-year and eight-month sentence for “assembly and collusion to act against national security” and an additional eight months for “propaganda against the regime.”

Pending appeal, if the verdict is upheld, the enforceable prison term will be three years and eight months, under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code.

Security forces arrested Tarah on November 13, 2023, on a Tehran street. Following an 11-day detention in the Ministry of Intelligence’s Ward 209 of Evin Prison, she was subsequently transferred to the Public Ward of the same prison.

Tarah has a history of previous encounters with security and judicial confrontations.

Reports from the Department of Statistics and Publication of HRA in 2023 indicate a total of 193 cases in which Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari, has been involved in issuing verdicts that infringe upon the human rights of defendants.

 

Mahnaz Tarah Arrested in Tehran

Security forces in Tehran detained Mahnaz Tarah on November 13, transferring her to Evin Courthouse. Reports indicate Tarah was violently apprehended in the streets, and her companion, Farzin Rezaie Roshan, was reportedly assaulted during the arrest.

The motive behind Tarah’s arrest remains unclear. Notably, the residence of Rezaie Roshan, a former political prisoner, was subjected to a search by agents in September.

Tarah, who has previously encountered security and judicial challenges, was granted amnesty in February of this year, leading to her release from prison under a “general pardon and commutation” directive.

Report on Mass Release of Prisoners in the Past 24 Hours

The large-scale releases of prisoners continued in the past 24 hours, as several prisoners of conscience were released from different prisons across the country. Meanwhile, the case against comedian and parody artist Zeinab Mousavi was closed without further legal proceedings.

Of these freed prisoners, the most known prisoners are:

  1. Political prisoner Akbar Faraji (Farajim) from Evin Prison
  2. Civil rights activist Elvar Gholivand from Evin Prison
  3. Hossein Toyoori, arrested during 2019 protests, from Evin Prison
  4. Mahnaz Tarah from Evin Prison
  5. Dancer and parkour Morteza Ghaderi, a resident of Tehran
  6. Ashkan Omrjooie, a student at the University of Kurdistan, from Urmia
  7. Ahad Barzgar from Rajai Shahr Prison, Karaj
  8. Student Pouya Mazloumi from the Great Tehran Penitentiary
  9. Ramin Pouramin, arrested at recent nationwide protests, from the Great Tehran Penitentiary
  10. Masoud Kurdpour, Mukrian News Agency chief editor, from Bukan Prison

Moreover, the legal case against comedian Zeinab Mousavi, known for her parody character ‘Empress of Kuzcoo’, was announced closed.

Details of these prison releases are still unknown. They are, however, likely released under recent approval to “pardon and commute” the sentence of some prisoners.

Earlier, the head of the Judiciary proposed the issuance of a pardon decree for some prisoners, including those arrested at recent protests, which was approved by Ali Khamenei under some conditions which the legal case should meet.