Three Political Defendants Receive Combined 45 Years and Three Months on Appeal

The Tehran Court of Appeal has revised the sentences for Reza Mohammad-Hosseini, Mahboobeh Rezaie, and Samaneh Nowruz Moradi, collectively reducing their total prison time to 45 years and three months, along with fines.

The verdict rules that Mohammad-Hosseini will serve fourteen years and six months, Rezaie 19 years and 9 months, and Moradi 11 years. They have also been sentenced to pay a fine.

The revised sentences are as follows:

Reza Mohammad-Hosseini: Six years and three months for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” six years and three months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” one year for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” property confiscation for “illegal acquisition of property,” and one year for “defying government officers on duty.” Under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, six years and three months are enforceable.

Mahboobeh Rezaie: Six years and three months for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” six years and three months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” one year for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” six years and three months for blasphemy, and paying a fine for “removing hijab and showing the act of depravity on the Internet.” Under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, six years and three months are enforceable.

Samaneh Nowruz Moradi: Five years for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.” Five years in prison are enforceable.

Originally facing a cumulative sentence of 61 years and 10 months, the individuals have seen a reduction in their overall prison terms.

Reza Mohammad-Hosseini was arrested on May 1, 2023, initially detained at Detention Facility A-1 under the IRGC’s jurisdiction, later moved to Evin Prison, and ultimately relocated to Qezel Hesar Prison, Karaj.

Samaneh Nowruz Moradi was arrested at her Tehran residence on April 24, 2023, and incarcerated in Evin Prison.

Mahboobeh Rezaie was arrested by security forces on May 22, 2023, and detained in Evin Prison after a period.

Noted for their activism, these individuals had previously faced arrests and imprisonment.

Three Political Defendants Sentenced to Over 61 Years in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court has issued a combined sentence of 61 years and 10 months to political defendants Reza Mohammad-Hosseini, Mahboobeh Rezaie, and Samaneh Nowruz Moradi.

Presided over by Judge Amoozad, the court communicated the following verdicts:

Reza Mohammad-Hosseini: Seven years and nine months for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” seven years and nine months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” one year and seven months for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” three years with property confiscation for “illegal acquisition of property,” and one year and seven months for “defying government officers on duty.”

Mahboobeh Rezaie: Seven years and nine months for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” seven years and nine months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” one year and seven months for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” seven years and nine months for blasphemy, and one year and seven months for “removing hijab and showing the act of depravity on the Internet.”

Samaneh Nowruz Moradi: Six years and three months for “membership in anti-regime groups to act against national security,” six years and three months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year and three months for “propaganda against the regime.”

As additional penalties, they have been sentenced to two years of compulsory residence in Tehran and a two-year prohibition from participating in political/civil groups and engaging in activities on social media.

The court session addressing their charges took place on November 4, 2023.

Reza Mohammad-Hosseini was arrested at his residence on May 1, 2023, and initially detained at Detention Facility A-1 under the IRGC’s jurisdiction, later moved to Evin Prison, and ultimately relocated to Qezel Hesar Prison, Karaj.

Samaneh Nowruz Moradi was arrested at her Tehran residence on April 24, 2023, and incarcerated in Evin Prison.

Mahboobeh Rezaie was arrested by security forces on May 22, 2023, and detained in Evin Prison after a period.

These individuals, known for their activism, had previously faced arrests and imprisonment.

 

Samaneh Nowruz Moradi Arrested in Tehran

On April 24, security forces arrested political prisoner Samaneh Nowruz Moradi at her house in Tehran and took her to an undisclosed location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on April 24, 2023, political prisoner Samaneh Nowruz Moradi was arrested in Tehran.

The reasons for this arrest and the allegations against Moradi are unknown.

Moradi, age 35, has faced other arrests and incarceration for her civil activities in the past. On April 5, 2021, she was released on bond from Lakan Prison, Rasht, after the representative of the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office agreed on the suspension of the prison sentence.