Ayoub Gheibipour Sentenced to Eleven Years in Prison and Exile

The Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz sentenced Ayoub Gheibipour to eleven years in prison and exile to Kerman Prison for charges including “enmity against God (Moharebeh).” Gheibipour was arrested during the 2022 nationwide protests.

According to his lawyer Sajjad Chatrsefid, the ruling includes ten years in prison to be served in exile in Kerman Prison for “enmity against God (Moharebeh)” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.” Gheibipour can appeal the ruling.

This verdict followed the overturning of an initial verdict by the Supreme Court. Gheibipour had previously received ten years in exile imprisonment for “arson and destruction of public property, propaganda against the regime,” citing the burning of Qasem Soleimani’s statues as an example of this charge.

Gheibipour was arrested during the nationwide protests in Ahvaz and was transferred to Sheiban Prison in the city. He was released on February 13, 2024, on a heavy bail of three billion toman (approximately $60,000). During his detention, he was denied access to medical care.

Twelve Arrested in South Khorasan for Alleged Misinformation and Insults

Fars news agency reports that the Iranian Cyber Police in South Khorasan Province have identified 27 social media channels, leading to the arrest of 12 citizens for disseminating what authorities label as “misinformation and insulting content.” Additionally, a business unit has been closed in connection with these activities.

According to a police official, these 27 websites allegedly published “fake news and insulting content against the martyrs who lost their lives during the terrorist attack in Kerman.” The 12 individuals arrested in relation to this matter will face legal action. The identities of the detainees and the location of their detention remain undisclosed.

Following the tragic explosions in Kerman during the commemoration ceremony for Qasem Soleimani, which claimed numerous lives and caused injuries, security forces and affiliated individuals on social media have been actively pursuing those expressing opinions about the incident. Consequently, dozens of individuals have been summoned, arrested, and had their social media pages removed.

Three Detained for Voicing Opinions on Recent Kerman Blasts

In the ongoing trend of security and judicial actions against citizens expressing their opinions on social media regarding the deadly explosions in Kerman during Qasem Soleimani’s commemoration ceremony, three individuals have been arrested.

The detainees are identified as Amir Rah Peykar, a student at the University of Isfahan, Shahin Ghafoori, a university professor at Islamic Azad University, Qorveh Branch, and Niloofar Sadat Hashemian, an attorney and member of Iran’s central bar association.

As of now, the charges against these individuals remain undisclosed.

On January 3, 2024, two devastating explosions occurred during the fourth-anniversary commemoration of Qasem Soleimani in Kerman, resulting in dozens of casualties and over 170 injuries. Subsequently, the regime’s security apparatus arrested numerous citizens for expressing their opinions on social media regarding this incident.

Crackdown on Dissent Following Kerman Blasts: Dozens Arrested and Prosecuted

In the aftermath of the tragic explosions in Kerman during Qasem Soleimani’s commemoration ceremony, claiming numerous lives and causing injuries, security forces and affiliated individuals on social media have actively sought to identify and apprehend those expressing opinions about the incident. As a result, dozens of individuals have been summoned, arrested, and had their social media pages removed, with an estimated 76 people detained in connection to these events.

According to 32 reports from social media channels associated with Iran’s security institutions, at least 76 arrests have been made, 108 individuals have been summoned to security/judicial institutions, 537 social media pages were taken down, and two businesses in Mazandaran and South Khorasan Province were closed.

In an attempt to instill fear and suppress dissent, these security-affiliated channels have doxed 28 citizens, leading to their subsequent arrests and prosecutions. Furthermore, one security-affiliated channel has released a video featuring the coerced confession of a citizen, although the location and circumstances of the recording remain unclear. In the video, the detainee expresses regret for his opinions, attributing his actions to the influence of social media.

The regime’s approach has sparked concerns about potential violations of citizens’ privacy rights. Additionally, the Tehran prosecutor has announced legal action against Sadegh Zibakalam, an author and political pundit, and seven others for their statements regarding the recent blasts in Kerman. Furthermore, several students have faced disciplinary measures from universities due to their opinions on the incident.

Iran Protests: Mahmood Alimi Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Mahmood Alimi, arrested amid nationwide protests, was sentenced to two years in prison. Alimi, a resident of Qaem Shahr, was arrested on September 23 and is still jailed in Sari Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Mahmood Alimi was sentenced to two years in prison.

According to an informed source, “during Alimi’s detention, local TV broadcasted two times a video of his coerced confession over setting fire to Qasem Soleimani’s banner. A few weeks ago, the court sentenced him to two years in prison.”

It is still unknown of which charges Alimi has been convicted.

Since the beginning of nationwide protests, about 19600 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, at least 757 people have been sentenced to a total of about 13134 months imprisonment.

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Khadijeh Mehdipour Beaten in Ilam Prison

On February 10, political prisoner Khadijeh Mehdipour was beaten by several prisoners of violent crime in Ilam Prison. Mehdipour is currently held in a ward where she is housed alongside prisoners of violent crime, which is in violation of the prison rules.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Mehdipour was beaten by her three fellow inmates.

According to an informed source, the beating was instigated by the head of the prison. Mehdipour has been hurt in her eyes.

Confirming this news, Public Relations of the Ilam Prison Organization in an announcement claimed that after watching a documentary about Qasem Soleimani and the marching following his death, Mehdipour uttered offensive statements against Soleimani, leading to a quarrel with one of her fellow inmates.

He claimed further that this quarrel occurred without any instigation from prison officials and no one got hurt seriously.

Mehdipour is currently serving her 20 month sentence in Ilam Prison.

On October 10, 2021, the IRGC’s intelligence agents arrested her at her uncle’s house and transferred her to Ilam Prison after two days of interrogation.

Finally, she was sentenced to 20 months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “offensive statements against the supreme leader of Iran”. She was acquitted of the charge of “advocating for anti-regime groups”.

She had earlier faced other arrests and convictions. On October 3, 2020, the security forces arrested her in Ilam City and thereafter she was fined 3 million tomans in exchange for imprisonment.