Amir Amirgholi’s sentence reduced to 8 years

Amir Amirgholi’s sentence reduced to 8 years

Published by on October 7, 2016

amir-amirgholiThe sentence of 19 years and six months imprisonment for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner at Evin prison, was reduced to 8 years in the Court of Appeal.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court, presided by judge Qomizadeh, reduced the sentence of 19 years and six months imprisonment for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi to eight years imprisonment.
According to the decree, Mr. Amirgholi was acquitted of the charges of “assembly and collusion against the regime” and “disturbing the public order”, and was sentenced on charge of “insulting Imams” to five years, “insulting the Imam and the leadership” to one year and “propaganda against the regime” to 2 years and a total of eight years imprisonment. In the implementation of Article 134 (aggregation rules) only 5 years of the sentence can be executed. The Court of Appeal for this political prisoner was held on August 3.
Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in ward 8 of Evin prison, had earlier gone on a hunger strike to protest against his condition in prison and lack of separation of prisoners based on the kind of crimes, and after 18 days ended his hunger strike on the request of civil and political prisoners.
His father, in a conversation with HRANA reporter said: “Amir is held in ward eight of Evin prison where most prisoners are foreigners. He has requested to be transferred from this ward due to inappropriate health and hygiene condition and his health is in danger by living in the ward of prisoners who suffer from infection diseases such HIV and Hepatitis, and based on the principle of separation of offenses. However, despite hunger strike and frequent request, no action had been taken yet. …
Amnesty International issued a statement titled “Amir Amirgholi, an activist who has been sentenced to two decades imprisonment in Iran”, by enumerating the numerous violations of this civil activist and his poor health condition, has urged the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release him and ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment.

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