Father and son imprisoned for 7 years so far without due process of law

Father and son imprisoned for 7 years so far without due process of law

Published by on June 16, 2017

A father and a son are still in a state of limbo after enduring more than seven years in Evin Prison.

Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam protested and original verdict seven years ago but the judiciary refuses to hold further hearing to issue a final verdict under the pretext of “lost file”.

The two prisoners have been deprived of many rights because of legal uncertainty in their case. Their physical health is undesirable and deteriorating.

Despite his own illness, Ahmad Daneshpur is nursing his 72-year-old ill father in prison.

Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam and his wife Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh and his parents Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Mottahareh Bahrami Haghighi along with Hadi Ghaemi, a family friend, were arrested on 28 December 2009 at their home. Less than a month later, on 16 January 2010, they were all tried and sentenced to death in a lower court by ‘judge’ Salavati. The detainees were in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison until sentencing and were held incommunicado.

In April 2010, the appeal court reduced the sentence of Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh to 15 years jail and exile to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, Mottahareh Bahrami to 10 years and exile to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, and Hadi Ghaemi to 15 years jail and exile to Gonabad prison. But the judicial review of the death sentence of Ahmad and Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam has remained so far unknown because their file essentially had not been sent to appeals court under the pretext of “lost file”.
Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam contracted IBS disease in prison. He suffers this severe illness because of inadequate diet and use of strong chemical prescription drugs. According to doctors, his condition coupled with lack of medical attention may turn into cancer.

The Daneshpour family were arrested in December 2009 for the ‘crime’ of travelling to Ashraf to visit their relatives for few days in 2008.

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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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