Saeed Farokhi Pour Arrested in Tehran

Saeed Farokhi Pour (Farohkipour) was apprehended by security forces on April 1, 2024, and transferred to an undisclosed facility. His minor son, Amir-Mehdi Farokhi Pour, was killed at the hands of regime forces during the 2022 nationwide protests, known as the Mahsa Amini Protests.

Confirming Farokhi Pour’s arrest, a source close to his family informed HRANA that the arrest occurred at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery in Tehran, where Farohki Pour was attending his son’s burial. Despite inquiries by his family regarding his whereabouts and condition, they have received no response.

The motive behind his arrest remains undisclosed.

Amir-Mehdi Farokhi Pour, aged 17, was fatally shot during the protests on September 27, 2022, and succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Mohammad Abbaszadeh Arrested by Security Forces in Ilam

On March 27, 2024, security forces detained Mohammad Abbaszadeh (Abbas-Zadeh) in Ilam following his participation in a Nowruz celebration gathering, as reported by Kurdpa. Abbaszadeh was then taken to an undisclosed location.

It’s worth noting that the agents conducted the arrest without presenting any formal warrant. Interestingly, just last month, Abbaszadeh had been summoned and subsequently released after signing a letter of commitment. This summons was reportedly linked to his vocal opposition to the parliamentary election.

In May 2023, the Criminal Court of Ilam sentenced Abbaszadeh to six months in prison and imposed a fine. Additionally, he was required to pen a short essay on the “divine punishment of blasphemy.”

Abbaszadeh’s activism has previously led to his arrest during the 2022 nationwide protests, commonly referred to as the Mahsa Amini protests. In that legal proceeding, he was fined and sentenced to 74 lashes, along with one year of suspended imprisonment.

Political Detainee Saman Yasin Moved to Psychiatric Hospital

Saman Seydi (Yasin), detained during the 2022 nationwide protests, was transferred from Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj to Aminabad Psychiatric Hospital on March 5, 2024.

A source close to his family confirmed Seydi’s relocation to Aminabad Hospital. In a recent open letter addressed to the head of the Judiciary, Saman Yasin expressed his objection to his 18-month detention, stating a preference for a death sentence over being held in legal limbo.

Seydi has been temporarily moved to a hospital outside the prison environment. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran’s Branch 15, presided over by Judge Abolqasem Salavati, has taken charge of Seydi’s case. A recent court session was postponed due to the absence of the public defender. Frustrated by the prolonged detention and as a form of protest, Seydi injured himself by hitting his head on the wall.

Reza Shafa-Khah, Seydi’s legal representative, has condemned the extended detention, citing it as a violation of the law.

Arrested by security forces on October 2, 2022, during the nationwide Mahsa Amini Protests, Seydi faced convictions on various charges, including “enmity against God (Moharebeh)” and “assembly and collusion against national security,” resulting in a death sentence on October 29, 2023. However, the Supreme Court of Iran overturned this verdict, leading to the transfer of his case to another court branch for retrial.

Despite Seydi’s requests, he has not been granted representation from a private lawyer. On August 2, 2023, along with six other political prisoners, he was transferred from Rajai Shahr Prison, Karaj, to Evin Prison. On September 3, 2023, he was moved to Ghezel Hesar Prison, along with twelve other prisoners, without prior notice, and has since been held in the ward designated for prisoners with drug-related convictions.

On January 28 of this year, Seydi sustained injuries during an altercation between political prisoners and prison guards.

Journalist Nasrin Hassani Begins Serving Seven-Month Prison Sentence

Journalist Nasrin Hassani commenced her seven-month prison term on February 4, as she was incarcerated in Bojnurd Prison.

A source close to Hassani’s family confirmed the news, stating that on February 4, she was placed in Bojnurd Prison to serve her sentence following her appearance in the Judgment Enforcement unit. The Criminal Court of Bojnurd had sentenced her on November 11, 2023, for “disseminating false information,” accompanied by a fine for alleged “non-compliance with Hijab in public.”

In a parallel development within this legal case, the Revolutionary Court of the city had previously sentenced her to one year, pending appeal.

Nasrin Hassani, the managing editor of the weekly newspaper Siahat-e Shargh, is a single mother to a 13-year-old son.

It’s worth noting that Hassani faced legal repercussions during the Mahsa Amini Protests in September 2022, having been arrested by security forces. She was subsequently released after a period of detention.

Court of Appeal Affirms Six-Year Sentence for Former Political Prisoner Majid Tavakoli

The Court of Appeal in Tehran has upheld a six-year prison sentence for Majid Tavakoli, a former political prisoner who was detained during the nationwide protests in 2022.

Yesterday, August 23, the Tehran Court of Appeals, Branch 36, communicated its decision to Tavakoli’s legal representative. Initially, he was handed a one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and a five-year sentence for “assembly and collusion against national security.” In addition to the prison term, he has been subjected to further restrictions, including a ban on engaging in online social activities for two years. Moreover, Tavakoli faces a two-year ban on residing in Tehran and a two-year ban on leaving the country.
Pursuant to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the five-year imprisonment term will be enforceable.

Tavakoli, recognized as a student activist and former political detainee, was apprehended by security forces in Tehran on September 23, 2022, during the Mahsa Amini Protests. He was subsequently granted release on bail on December 19, 2022.

Background on the 2022 Nationwide Protests

The arrest of Mahsa Amini by Tehran Morality Police for her improper hijab and her suspicious death on September 16 sparked protests sweeping across Iran. Protesters came to the streets with the central slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” in protest against the performance, laws and structure of the regime. During the nationwide protests, thousands of people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, were arrested.

 

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