Mohammad-Javad Vafaie Sani Sentenced to Death After Retrial

In a recent development at the Mashhad Revolutionary Court, political prisoner Mohammad-Javad Vafaie Sani has been handed a death sentence. This verdict comes after the Supreme Court had initially overturned the previous death sentence and ordered a retrial at another branch court.

Breaking the news, Babak Paknia, Vafaie’s lawyer, disclosed that despite the Supreme Court’s argument against the death sentence, the court has once again sentenced him to death. The lawyer has vowed to appeal for a retrial within the moratorium period.

According to Paknia, Vafaie has been accused of “spreading corruption on earth” and “arson of property, including the Government Penitentiary Building.” Following this latest ruling, Vafaie was granted a heavy bail, which unfortunately he was unable to afford, leading to his continued detention.

The case has taken a series of twists and turns, with the Supreme Court eventually overturning the previous verdict, leading to the transfer of the case to another branch court.

Vafaie, a 26-year-old boxing coach, was arrested in March of 2020 by security forces in Mashhad city.


Civil Activist and Retired Educator Nosrat Beheshti Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Civil activist and retired educator Nosrat Beheshti, a resident of Mashhad, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the Mashhad Revolutionary Court.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, she has been in detention since August 4 of this year.

Branch 4 of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Mansouri, sentenced Nosrat Beheshti to five years in prison on charges such as “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security.”

On October 24, Ms. Beheshti who suffers from kidney pain, went on hunger strike in protest against prison officials’ refusal to dispatch her to a hospital outside the prison. Four days later, after being dispatched to a hospital, she ended her hunger strike.

Beheshti was arrested once previously, on December 24, 2019, by intelligence agents at her house in Mashhad.