Imprisoned Civil Activist Farhad Meysami Faces New Charges

On February 17, civil activist Farhad Meysami, who is spending the fourth year of his sentence in Rajai Shahr Prison, was indicted on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” in a new legal case opened by Branch 1 of Karaj’s Revolutionary Court.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Meysami is serving his fourth year in prison without a day of furlough. Yesterday, Karaj’s Revolutionary Court summoned and indicted him with a new charge of “propaganda against the regime”. These charges are pressed due to notes on social media and the internet that have been attributed to him.

On July 31, 2018, security forces arrested him, and thereafter Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced him to five years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion to act against national security” and one year on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. Moreover, he was deprived of any political activities and membership in political parties and groups on social media, as well as press both inside the country and abroad for two years.

Grounded in Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the sentence of five years as the severest punishment is enforceable, which is related to his first charge.

On November 9, 2019, he was transferred suddenly from Evin to Rajai Shahr Prison.

Reza Khandan Mahabadi Contracts COVID-19, Is Dispatched to Hospital

On December 21, Reza Khandan Mahabadi, a prisoner of conscience, writer and member of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA) was dispatched from Evin Prison to a hospital outside the prison after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened. Earlier, he and another prisoner of conscience, Baktash Abtin, tested positive. This has raised alarms about the spread of the virus amongst prisoners in Evin Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Mahabadi was hospitalized due to a high fever and other severe symptoms. Abtin was hospitalized earlier in Tehran due to poor health and COVID-19 symptoms.

Mahabadi  was sentenced on May 15, 2019 by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Mohmmad Mohammad Moghayeseh. His sentence included one year in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” and five years on the charge of “assembly and collusion with the intention of acting against national security”. On September 26, 2020, he was arrested and sent to Evin Prison to serve his sentence.

Mahabadi’s career as a writer kicked off in 1978 with the publication of his book “Local Children”. Some of his works include “Nothing Comes Out of the Sack, But What Was In It”, a seven-volume story collection called “My Favorite Stories”, a collection of research titled “Razi War”, and the 19-volume tale collection “Encyclopedia of Iranian Legends and Fairy Tales” (co-author Ali Ashraf Darvishian).

Educator and Trade Union Activist Asghar Amirzadegan Sentenced to One Year In Prison

On December 17,  the Criminal Court of Firuzabad City sentenced Asghar Amirzadegan, an educator and trade union activist, to one year in prison. As an additional punishment, his Instagram page was removed and he was banned from using social media and messengers for two years.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Branch 101 of Firuzabad’s Criminal Court sentenced Amirzadegan in a trial in absentia. He was charged with “propaganda against the regime”.

On July 27, 2021, Amirzadegan was arrested and on August 15 was released on bail from Firuzabad Prison. According to an informed source, he was arrested when he went to a police station to take back his confiscated cell phone.

Earlier also in 2019, he was sentenced by the same court to one year and six months in prison on charges of “offensive statements against the regime’s authorities and propaganda against the regime.” On appeal, these verdicts for these two charges were suspended for 18 months and 2 years respectively.

Moreover, in 2018, he was accused of sending pictures and videos to anti-regime media abroad, a detained for two days before being released on bail of 30 million tomans (7140 USD). Later, the Public and Revolutionary Court exonerated him from this charge.

Alireza Shariati Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Branch 1 of Behbahan’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Alireza Shariati, a resident of Behbahan City, to one year in prison. According to this verdict, Shariati is prohibited from any political activities and membership in any political group for two years.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the court— headed by Judge Mehman-Navaz— tried Shariati on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. This was substantiated in trial by invoking his participation in circulating the hashtag “No to the Islamic Republic” during the recent presidential election and publishing media posts in remembrance of the victims of the protests in 2009 and November 2019.

In November 2020, security forces arrested Shariati. He was released from the police detention centre on bond the day after. He had been threatened many times via phone or interrogation in the Office of the Ministry of Intelligence.

Shirkoo Tabnak Sent to Prison to Serve His Sentence

On December 11, Shirkoo Tabnak, a resident of Bukan City, was sent to the city’s prison to serve his prison term. In September, Bukan’s Criminal Court sentenced him to one year in prison, of which seven months has been suspended.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Tabnak was imprisoned in Bukan Prison to serve his five months in prison. He has been charged with “propaganda against the regime and advocacy for  one of the anti-regime political parties”.

On July 14, security forces arrested him without showing any warrant. Four days later, he was released on bail from the detention centre at the disposal of the Ministry of Intelligence.

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