Three Sentenced to Lashes in Qom on Charges of Corruption

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists (HRA), quoting Mizan News Agency, three economic defendants were sentenced to lashes in Qom on charges of corruption.

Per the report, referring to the case of Anbouh Sazan Abtin Qom [housing development company], Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili, spokesman of the Judiciary, outlined the punishment.

“Mehdi Darkhani, the CEO of the company, was sentenced to 74 lashes, 20 years in prison, confiscation of property, restitution, deprivation of board membership, and a fine,” the spokesman said.

“In this regard, another defendant named Mohsen Asadi was also sentenced to 74 lashes, 12 years in prison, restitution, confiscation of property, and a fine,” Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili stated. “In addition, Ali Karimian was sentenced to lashes, 16 years in prison, and restitution.”

Iran is one of the few countries that still uses humiliating punishments, despite the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ explicit prohibition of the use of inhumane and degrading punishments, including the death penalty and flogging.

Mohsen Asadi University Professor Was Arrested

Mohsen Asadi, a Yazd University professor, who was released on July 31, 2019 after finishing his sentence of a one-month prison term, was rearrested on September 14, 2019. Reportedly, the arrest is for a new case but the reason of the arrest is still unknown. He was transferred to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) detention center in Yazd on September 15, 2019. Earlier this year, he was arrested by security forces on May 26, 2019. He was transferred to Yazd Prison and was sentenced to one month imprisonment.

His brother, Majid Asadi, is a political prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison. He is serving his sentence of six years  imprisonment since February 18, 2017 . He was charged with “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state”.