Tehran Court Sentences Eleven Political Activists to 95 Years and 8 Months in Prison

Tehran court, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari in Branch 26, handed down a cumulative sen

09 January 2024 12:23


Hengaw: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Tehran court, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari in Branch 26, handed down a cumulative sentence of 95 years and 8 months, coupled with additional penalties, to eleven political activists residing in Tehran. The individuals sentenced are Fatemeh Haqparast, Arsham Rezaei, Payam Bastani Parisi, Hojatullah Rafei, Mohammadreza Kamraninejad, Vahid Serkhgol, Kazem Alinejad Baranlou, Vahid Qadirzadeh, Maisham Gholami, Ali Asghar Hasani Rad, and Saman Rezaei.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights on Monday, January 8, 2024, Arsham Rezaei received a 15-year sentence for four charges, Vahid Sarghgol was sentenced to 16 years for three charges, and Kazem Alinejad Baranlou received an 11-year sentence for three charges. Additionally, Maitham Gholami and Vahid Ghadirzadeh received a combined 6 years in prison for two charges, while Ali Asghar Hasani Rad received an 8-year sentence along with 15 lashes for four charges. Saman Rezaei received a 5-year sentence for two charges.

Furthermore, Fatemeh Haqparast Sohi was sentenced to 8 months in prison, Payam Bastani Parisi received a 16-year sentence for three charges, Mohammad Reza Kamraninejad was sentenced to 6 years for two charges, and Hojatullah Rafei received a 6-year sentence for two charges.

The court also imposed fines, a ban on staying in Tehran and neighboring provinces, a prohibition on joining political, social, and cultural groups, and the confiscation of phones and internet modems seized from the defendants during the initial arrest. Additionally, 93 million Tomans in cash seized during the arrest of Arsham Rezaei and Ali Asghar Hasani Rad were ordered to be transferred to the government fund.

The charges against these constitutionalist political activists include allegations such as "insulting Islam in cyberspace," "gathering and collusion with the intention of disrupting the security of the country," "propaganda activity against the government," and encouraging people to engage in conflict and bloodshed.

These political activists, some of whom had faced arrests due to their activities in the past two years, were apprehended by security forces in the fall of the previous year. Subsequently, they were transferred to Evin and 
Great Tehran Penitentiary.

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