Iran Human RightsNine Activists in Iran Sentenced to 45 Years in...

Nine Activists in Iran Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison


Iran's death prisons

By Jubin Katiraie

Reports indicate that the appeals court in Tehran sentenced two detainees and seven activists to a total of 45 years in prison on December 2 for their involvement in the Haft Tapeh Sugar Company protests.

The sentences were handed to the attorneys of the nine civil and labour activists on December 14 and it was determined that Judge Ahmad Zargar from Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeal had sentenced them to five years each in prison.

The nine were:

  • Atefeh Rangriz (detained)
  • Marzieh Amiri (detained)
  • Esmaeil Bakhshi
  • Mohammad Khaniifar
  • Sepideh Gholian
  • Amir Amirgholi
  • Amir Hossein Mohammadi Farad
  • Sanaz Elhayari
  • Asal Mohammadi

Another defendant in the case, Ali Nejati, was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, on charges of “gathering and colluding to act against national security through spreading propaganda against the system”.

In September, Moghiseh had sentenced Rangriz to 11.5 years imprisonment and 74 lashes, and Amiri to 10.5 years imprisonment and 148 lashes.

He also sentenced Gholian, Amirgholi, Farad, Elhayari, and Mohammadi to seven years in prison each for “gathering and colluding against national security”. They were all sentenced to another one year and six months in prison for being members of the GAM (Step) online magazine and “spreading propaganda against the system”.

While Bakhshi was sentenced to seven years in prison for “gathering and colluding against national security”, two years in prison for “insulting leadership”, and two years for “publishing lies”. He was further sentenced to one year and six months in prison for “spreading propaganda against the system” and one year and six months in prison along with 74 lashes for “disturbing public order”.

Another defendant in the case, Mohammad Khannifar, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “gathering and colluding against national security” and one year in prison on charges of “propaganda against the system”.

It is important to note that the Iranian authorities levies national security charges against political activists and protesters all the time because they see any and all opposition as a major threat to them.

The Iranian government made a massive change to its legal system last year by forcing anyone charged with a national security offence to choose a defence lawyer approved by the authorities, which means that these lawyers may be working for the state. At best, the limited number of approved lawyers (20) means that there aren’t enough to go around all of the defendants so many are without representation.

Latest news

For Iran’s Revolution, There Is No Turning Back

For almost three weeks, people from all walks of life have raged against Iran’s theocratic regime. From the metropoles...

Iran, the Resurrection of the Concept of ‘Revolution’

These days, Iran’s political and social environment has witnessed massive storms, which have changed the meaning of all concepts....

Iran Regime’s Response to Protests Censorship and Violence

The Iranian regime’s leadership has reacted to the ongoing wave of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the...

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Must read

Iran: Future of the world belongs to Asian countries

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 30 – The United...

Iran activist’s personal account of activities against the state

Iran Focus: Tehran, Aug. 13 - The following is...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you