Another 5 years jail sentence for spokesman of Teachers AssociationPublished by International Liberty Association on September 27, 2017
Spokesman of Teachers’ Association, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, spending a previous prison sentence in Evin, was given a further 5 years prison term for his activism, making his total prison sentence 14 years.
Mr Beheshti Langroudi has been arrested 4 times since 2004 and had a 4 year suspended prison term on the top of the five years imprisonment he received in 2010 for protesting the status of Rasoul Bodaghi, another imprisoned teacher.
Mr Beheshti Langroudi’s son, Abuzar, told Radio Farda that the charges repeated in the indictments against him include allegations like “gathering and collusion against national security and propaganda against the system.”
Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi started his activities in teachers’ union in 1999 and his activities are entirely guild related.
In a letter referring to his 10-minute trial without a lawyer, Mr Beheshti exposed that some judges only “sign the sentences handed down to them by the security forces.”
A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary claimed that Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi was sentenced to five years in prison for “security offenses”.
Iranian officials often use the term “security charges” for political activists, journalists and trade unionists. Iranian regime does not recognize political offenses and its officials continuously claim that Iran does not have political prisoners.
Amnesty International has expressed concern about this issue and in a campaign titled ‘Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack’ has been calling for people to sign a petition telling Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, that “defending human rights is NOT a crime”.