Extended Detention: Ongoing Uncertainty for Aman Jalali Nejad in Sheiban Prison, Ahvaz

Aman Jalali Nejad, a teacher residing in Ahvaz, remains in detention and uncertainty for over ninety days in Sheiban Prison.

Based on information received by HRANA, recently, Jalali Nejad’s detention was extended for another month until August 10.

Jalali Nejad was arrested by security forces at the entrance of Ahvaz on April 8, 2024. In early June of this year, he was transferred from the quarantine ward of Sheiban Prison to the prison’s security ward.

This teacher was charged with “propaganda against the regime” on June 10, 2024, in Branch 13 of the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court.

Aman Jalali Nejad is a teacher and painter employed by the Khuzestan Province Department of Education and resides in Ahvaz.

Ruhollah Kavousi Remains Detained for Over 300 Days, Facing Political Charges

Ruhollah Kavousi, a political detainee, has been held in Sheiban Prison, Ahvaz, for over 300 days without resolution. Despite his poor health, he has been denied proper medical care and transfer to medical facilities.

A source close to Kavousi’s family confirmed the news to HRANA, stating: “Mr. Kavousi has developed kidney and liver diseases, affecting his physical health. Nonetheless, he has been denied transfer to external medical facilities and proper medical care.”

Based on HRANA’s information, despite 306 days passing since his arrest, Kavousi remains in limbo in Sheiban Prison, Ahvaz. His case is under review by the second branch of the Izeh Prosecutor’s Office. He faces charges including “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.”

Kavousi, from Izeh, was arrested by security forces in Ahvaz on September 1, 2023, and subsequently transferred to Sheiban Prison in the city.

Christian Convert Yasin Mousavi Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Yasin Mousavi, a Christian convert, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz, as reported by Mohabat News.

Based on the verdict issued by the third branch of the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz, presided over by Judge Fathinia, and communicated to Mr. Mousavi, he has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison on charges including “membership in groups aimed at disrupting national security” and “propaganda against the regime through promoting Zionist Christianity.”

Mousavi was previously arrested on December 24, 2023, along with several other Christian converts in the city of Izeh. After enduring twenty days of solitary confinement at the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility, he was transferred to Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz. Mousavi was released on bail from Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz on April 30, 2024.

Mousavi has a history of previous arrests and imprisonment in October 2017, April 2021, and November 2022.

Despite the fact that Christians are recognized as a religious minority under Islamic law, the security services pursue the issue of Muslims converting to Christianity with particular sensitivity and deal harshly with those who convert to Christianity.

The persecution of Christian converts is a blatant violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that every individual has the right to freedom of religion and belief, including the freedom to express their faith openly or privately.

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.

Ahmad Key-Shamas Endures Prolonged Detention on Political Charges

Ahmad Key-Shamas, a resident of Izeh, remains confined in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz for over eight months, trapped in legal uncertainty.

A source close to Key-Shamas’s family confirmed to HRANA his detention for 247 days. Denied access to a private lawyer, he faces charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran,” “propaganda against the regime,” and “disturbing public order.”

Key-Shamas was apprehended by security forces on July 18, 2023.

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Update on the Health of Political Prisoner Mohammad Loveymi in Sheiban Prison

Mohammad Loveymi, a political prisoner, is currently in his fifth month of a nine-month sentence at Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz. Despite his deteriorating health, he has been consistently denied access to essential medical treatment.

A source close to Loveymi’s family shared with HRANA that he is afflicted with both Hemophilia and Glanzmann disease. On Tuesday, February 27, his health took a severe turn as he lost consciousness in the prison infirmary due to a lack of necessary medication. Fellow inmates had to assist in taking him to the infirmary, where he received only inadequate medical care.

The source further revealed that Loveymi’s family’s repeated requests for a medical furlough, crucial for managing his rare diseases, have been consistently denied. The situation raises concerns about the well-being of the political prisoners in Sheiban Prison.

Abdollah Childavi Arrested in Ahvaz City

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Abdollah Childavi, a resident of Ahvaz city. The Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz had previously sentenced him to five years imprisonment.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Abdollah Childavi in Ahvaz city.

Earlier, Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz had sentenced him to five years in prison on the charges of “propaganda against the regime and membership in anti-regime groups”. In this case, another defendant, Saleh Tamuli was sentenced to 3 years in prison on the charges of “propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion against national security.” This case had been handed over to Branch 8 of the Judgement Enforcement Unit of Ahvaz for enforcement.  

On November 6, 2018, security forces arrested them and sent the two individuals to Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz after completing the interrogation process. Mr. Tamuli was released on September 7, 2019, and Mr. Childavi on October 6, 2020.

Abdollah Childavi is 43 years old and the father of four.

Khaled Pirzadeh Continues Hunger Strike in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz

Khaled Pirzadeh, a political prisoner in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz, has been on a hunger strike for 30 days despite his poor physical condition.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists,  Pirzadeh has been on a hunger strike since Monday, August 23, protesting the officials’ refusal of his request for parole, the non-observance of the principle of separation of crimes, and the violent treatment of his family by law enforcement officers when handing over the eviction order.

On his social media page, Ali Sharifzadeh, Khaled Pirzadeh’s lawyer, confirmed his client’s continued hunger strike and expressed concern about the health condition of Mr. Pirzadeh.

Khaled Pirzadeh has gone on hunger strikes several times, the last of which was on May 31, when he expressed in a note that he would continue his strike until his legal request was granted.

Khaled Pirzadeh on a Hunger Strike in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz

Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh has been on a hunger strike in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz since Monday, August 23.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Pirzadeh is protesting the officials’ refusal of his request for parole, the non-observance of the principle of separation of crimes, and the violent treatment of his family by law enforcement officers when handing over the eviction order.

Khaled Pirzadeh, who was taken from the quarantine in the Greater Tehran Prison on July 14 and was transferred to the Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz, is being held in Ward 5 of this prison next to prisoners of violent crimes, which is a violation of the principle of separation of crimes. His COVID test also recently came out positive and he got transferred to the prison’s quarantine.

Khaled Pirzadeh has gone on hunger strikes several times, the last of which was on May 31, when he expressed in a note that he would continue his strike until his legal request was granted. He ended his strike on June 24, after he was promised to be sent to a sick leave connected to his release on parole. He returned to the Greater Tehran Prison on July 7 but authorities transferred the political prisoner to Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz rather than granting parole as they had promised.

“Yesterday, police officers went to Mr. Pirzadeh’s rented house and asked his family to evacuate, the officers’ treatment of his wife was insulting and they frightened Mr. Pirzadeh’s 10-year-old daughter,” a source familiar with Mr. Pirzadeh told HRANA. “Khaled Pirzadeh is being held in Ahvaz prison and his request for parole is not being accepted so that he can take care of his family more quickly.”

A video of this harsh treatment from the on-duty officers has reached HRANA. The footage is attached here