Tehran Appeal Court Reduced the Sentences of 4 Civil Rights Activists

Posted on: 7th October, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – The sentences of four civil rights activist, Atena Daemi, Omid Alishenas, Aso Rostami and Ali Nouri were reduced at branch 36 of appeal court from 14, 10, 7 and 7 to 7, 7, 2 and 2 years of imprisonment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on August 3, the appeal hearing of four civil rights activist, Atena Daemi, Omid Alishenas, Aso Rostami, Ali Nouri and also Mohammad Hossein Daemi, Atena Daemi’s father was held at Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of Tehran Province.

According to the verdict which was notified to one activist’s lawyer, Atena Daemi and Omid Alishenas were sentenced to 5 years on charge of “assembly and collusion against the regime” and to 2 years on charge of “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

Aso Rastami and Ali Nouri were sentenced to 1 year and 6 months on charge of “assembly and collusion against the regime” and to 6 months on charge of “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

On July 5, the trial of these activists in this branch was postponed, because of the absence of two of three judges, and absence of one of the defendants.

Atena Daemi, 27, was arrested on October 21, 2014 and was held for 86 days in solitary confinement of ward 2-A. She was transferred to women’s ward of Evin prison on January 18, 2015.

After several postponement of the court hearing, eventually in a court, presided by judge Moghiseh, judge of branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran and in the presence of her solicitor and the other inmates (Omid Alishenas, Asuo Rostami, and Ali Nouri), she was charged with propaganda against the regime, gathering and collusion against the national security, insulting the Supreme Leader, insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder and concealing evidence of the crime because of her peaceful civil activities, and was sentenced to 14 years in prison on March 14, 2015.

Omid Alishenas was arrested on September 4, 2014, and transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison, which is controlled by the IRGC. Although a bail of 1000 million IRR had been issued for him, the court and the prosecutor’s office eventually did not accept the bail for unknown reasons and he was transferred to ward number 8 for continuation of the interrogations.

Omid Alishenas was released on the bail from Evin prison after 16 months of detention.

Aso Rostami, other defendant of this case, had been arrested along with several others after a gatheringto support Kobani in front of the UN office in Tehran, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and after a long time in solitary confinement and interrogation, he was transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison.

He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the regime, gathering and collusion against the national security and insulting the supreme leader due to his peaceful civil activities.

Aso Rostami, social and civil rights activist, was released from Evin prison after sixteen months of detention.

Ali Nouri, civil rights activist was arrested during a protest in solidarity with Kobani in front of United Nations’ office on October 8, 2014 and was transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison, which is controlled by the IRGC and after a long period of interrogations and being held in solitary confinement he was transferred to ward 8 of Evin Prison.

After being released on the bail of 500 million IRR, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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