Reza Nabavi Chashmi Commences Five-Year Prison Term

Seyed Reza Nabavi Chashmi began serving his five-year sentence on February 26, as he was incarcerated in Semnan Prison following the recent finalization of his sentence.

Nabavi was initially arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents on August 26, 2023. Subsequently, he was released on bail amounting to one billion tomans, approximately 20,000 dollars. The specific charges against Nabavi, as well as details of the legal proceedings, remain undisclosed.

It’s worth noting that Nabavi had previously experienced arrest and imprisonment on charges of “spreading propaganda against the regime.”

Atefeh Rangriz Arrested in Damghan

Damghan, Semnan Province – On Sunday, September 10, Atefeh Rangriz was apprehended by security forces at her mother’s residence and subsequently confined in Semnan Prison.

A source close to Rangriz’s family informed HRANA that security forces conducted the arrest at her mother’s residence. Shortly after her apprehension, she managed to make a brief phone call to her family, disclosing her transfer to Semnan Prison.

The exact grounds for her detention remain undisclosed at this time. She has encountered prior arrests and convictions due to her activism.

Political Activist Keyvan Samimi Arrested

Keyvan Samimi, a political activist and the editor of Iran Farda Magazine, was arrested by security forces and taken to an undisclosed location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Shargh Newspaper, political activist Keyvan Samimi was arrested by security forces on charges of allegedly associating with an anti-regime group outside the country.

In January 2023, Samimi was released from Semnan Prison after serving a three-year sentence. However, he had to provide a bond to be released due to a new legal case opened against him while in prison.

On August 18, 2022, Samimi was indicted for “assembly and collusion” under Article 10 of the Islamic Penal Code.

Samimi has a history of political activism and has previously been imprisoned for six years in 2009 for questioning the outcome of the disputed 2009 presidential election, participating in protests, and writing articles critical of the government. He has also been imprisoned for his political activities prior to the 1979 Revolution.

Maryam Akbari Monfared Assaulted in Semnan Prison

On August 24, 2022, political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared was beaten by a prison official in Semnan Prison.

According to an informed source, the prison deputy chief cancelled Monfared’s family visit because he considered her daughters’ cover improper. He ordered the guards to return Monfared to the ward. When she resisted, a prison guard squeezed her throat and beat her violently. Ultimately, they let Monfared visit her children.

Akbari Monfared is currently serving her 15-year sentence in Semnan Prison. She has been imprisoned since 2009 without a furlough.

Keyvan Samimi Arrested and Transferred to Semnan Prison

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Keyvan Samimi, the editor of Iran Farda Magazine and a member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, was arrested and sent to Semnan Prison after he went to the Judgement Enforcement Unit of Evin Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the editor of Iran Farda Magazine Keyvan Samimi was arrested and transferred to Semnan Prison.

Mostafa Nili, Samimi’s lawyer, broke the news on social media: “Today, after office hours, Mr. Samini was called from the Judgement Enforcement Unit Moghaddas and ordered that he should appear there to receive the coroner report. However, upon appearing and receiving the coroner’s report, he was arrested and was transferred to Semnan Prison.”
This new order and arrest stand at odds with a previous order issued considering Samimi’s age and health conditions grounded on Article 533 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

On May 1, 2019, Samimi attended the workers’ protests on the anniversary of Labor Day before Iran’s Parliament. The protest turned violent due to the interference of security forces, leading to his arrest as well as dozens of other protestors. On May 12, 2019, security forces raided and searched the Iran Farda magazine office and confiscated documents and Samimi’s computer. On June 17, 2019, he was released on bail until the end of legal proceedings.

On April 20, 2020, in a trial in absentia, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Samimi to three years imprisonment on the charge of “assembly and collusion to act against national security”. The verdict was upheld on appeal but was reduced to two years in a retrial.

Samimi previously served six years in prison in 2009 for questioning the outcome of the disputed 2009 presidential election, participating in the protests, and writing articles critical of the government.

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2 Prisoners Executed in Semnan Prison

HRANA News Agency – Two prisoners with drug-related charges were executed in Semnan prison. At the same time at least eight prisoners were hanged in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj on charge of murder.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the death sentence of two drug offenders were executed in Semnan prison on February 15, 2017. Continue reading “2 Prisoners Executed in Semnan Prison”

4 prisoners are hanged in Semnan and Shahroud

HRANA News Agency – 1 prisoner in Semnan and 3 others in Shahroud have been hanged charged with drug trafficking.

According to a news by the department of justice of Semnan province, a prisoner who was accused of drug trafficking has been hanged in Semnan central prison after the confirmation of the attorney prosecutor of Iran and Iran judiciary chief on Thursday morning. Continue reading “4 prisoners are hanged in Semnan and Shahroud”