On Saturday, October 30, political prisoner Saeed Sangar was released on parole from Urmia Prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Sangar’s release comes after 21 years of imprisonment.
On August 31, 2000, Sangar was arrested. However, in his legal case, October 29 of that year has been wrongly recorded as the arrest date.
On November 18, 2000, the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj, headed by judge Fatemi, sentenced him to death on the charge of “enmity against God (Moharebeh) through membership in The People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran”. Following this conviction, Sangar was transferred from the detention center of the ministry of intelligence in Sanandaj to ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran, where he was held in solitary confinement cells until 2003. In the fall of 2003, the appellate court changed the verdict to life imprisonment and sent him to Urmia Prison.
Years later, on December 23, 2016, the executive branch No. 4 of the Department of Justice in Sanandaj reduced the verdict to 18 years imprisonment.
In 2017, a new case was opened against him for the charge of “propaganda against the regime” of which, however, he was later acquitted.
Despite that by December of 2020, not only he had served out two years more than his 18-years sentence, he was sentenced again to 11 months imprisonment sentence on the charge of ” propaganda against the regime and in favor of dissident groups against the regime”. This sentence was reduced to eight months, which led to his final release this Saturday, October 30.
HRANA News Agency – Saeed Sangar, one of the oldest political prisoners in Iran who has been serving his 18 years impressment since 2000, has been acquitted of the charge of spreading propaganda against the regime in a case which had been recently formed against him.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on October 28, 2017, according to the announcement No. 9610104499000137, which was notified to Saeed Sangar, political prisoner, he was acquitted of the charge of “propaganda activity against the regime” in Branch 10 of the Prosecution of the Revolutionary Courts in Urmia. Continue reading “Saeed Sangar Acquitted in a New Case”
HRANA News Agency – According to the changes related to Muharebeh (waging war against god) in the New Islamic Penal Code, those who have been convicted of Muharebeh based on the previous penal code, will now have the possibility for a retrial, commutation and release. Currently tens of prisoners in Iranian prisons are convicted of Muharebeh for different reasons, this includes at least 37 male prisoners who are facing 15 to 20 years of imprisonment. The following is the fourth list published in regards to “Prisoners Convicted of Muharebeh” and is dedicated to these 37 male prisoners. The previously published lists in this series include “Women Convicted of Muharebeh”, “Male Prisoners Sentenced to life in prison”, and “Male Prisoners Sentenced to More than 20 Years in Prison.”
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), there are currently at least thirty-seven male prisoners in Iranian prisons who have been convicted of Muharebeh for different reasons and have been sentenced between 15 to 20 years of imprisonment. Since 2013, According to the changes in regards of Muharebeh in the new Islamic Penal Code, these prisoners could apply for retrial. Many of them could receive commutations and reach their release soon and considering the long prison terms of some of them, it could provide them the possibility of being release. Based on the new Penal Code, adopted in 2013, the charges of “Muharebeh (waging war against god)”, “Mofset-Fil-Arz (Sowing Corruption on earth)” and “Baghi (withdrawing from the obedience of the Islamic religious authority)” under Articles 279 to 288 have been redefined. Continue reading “The List of Male Prisoners Charged with Muharebeh and Sentenced to between 15 to 20 Years in Prison”
HRANA News Agency – Cellmates of Mohammad Abdollahi, a political prisoner who was hanged last week in Uremia Prison, with a glimmer of hope were waiting to see their cellmate, after his execution was denied by the provincial authorities, however, they and his family believed that they would never see him again by official confirmation of his execution.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the last people who have seen Mohammad Abdollahi told HRANA that on Sunday at 8:20 a.m. they took Mohammad Abdollahi from the ward. Continue reading ““They Took our Comrade in front of our Eyes.” Mohammad Abdollahi’s Cellmates Talk”
HRANA News Agency – The life time imprisonment sentence for Saeed Sangar, political prisoner, was reduced to 18 years in the sixteenth year of his imprisonment in Urmia prison. Following the announcement and by considering the remaining two years and one month of his sentence, the date to release him would be July 26, 2018. Mr. Sangar has spent most of his imprisonment in exile in various prisons and in solitary confinement.
According to the announcement of Branch 4 of law enforcement office in Sananadj, the life time imprisonment sentence for Saeed Sangar, political prisoner, was reduced to 18 years in the sixteenth year of his imprisonment in Urmia prison. Continue reading “Saeed Sangar’s Sentence Reduced to 18 Years”
HRANA News Agency – Saeed Sangar political prisoner is still being held in Orumieh prison in the 16th year of his imprisonment in spite of having parole and even his furlough request has not been answered yet.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Saeed Sangar who was transferred again from Sanandaj prison to Orumieh Prison last September and at the beginning of the 15th year of his imprisonment, is eligible for parole in accordance with the law, however, continues to serve in the prison of Orumieh. Continue reading “Saeed Sangar in the 16th Year of Imprisonment”