Civil Activists Sentenced To Prison and Flogging

Civil Activists Sentenced To Prison and Flogging

Published by on October 23, 2018

11 civil rights activists who were arrested during the December 2017/January 2018 were sentenced to prison and flogging by the 1st Branch of the Markazi Province Court of Appeal.

According to this sentence, human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi, Ali Bagheri, and Abbas Safari were each sentenced to three years of prison and 74 lashes.

Behzad Ali Bakhshi, Mohammad Yaghoubi, Yousef Shiri Lord, Neda Yousefi, Davoud Rahimi, Masoud Ajlou and Mohammad Torabi were each sentenced to one year behind bars and 74 lashes suspended for five years.

Kian Sadeghi was also sentenced to three years of prison and 74 lashes suspended for five years.
Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi was arrested on 15 January, 2018, by Intelligence Ministry agents after he revealed that Vahid Heydari, 22, was beaten at the 12th Police Station in Arak before his death in early January. He revealed how local police concealed the true cause of death of a young man in their custody.

Najafi was released on bail in the city of Arak on 17 April, 2018, nearly three months after he told media outlets that his client, Mohammad Heydari, was killed while he was in police custody after being arrested during Iran’s December 2017 protests.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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