Iran: Behnam Ibrahimzadeh Transferred to Hall 12 of Rajai Shahr Prison

Iran: Behnam Ibrahimzadeh Transferred to Hall 12 of Rajai Shahr Prison

Published by on November 22, 2016

behnam-ibrahimzadehRajaei Shahr prison security forces interrogated and seized the diary of Behnam Ibrahimzadeh, labour activist.

He was forcefully transferred from ward 2 of Dar-Al-Quran to hall number 12 of political-security prisoners in ward number 4, by the excuse of going to clinic.

 
He has also been threatened by Mr. Amrabadi, the head of prison social workers”.

 
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, born in 1977, was arrested for the first time in 2008 on charges of graffiti and propaganda in Oshnavieh.

 
Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was arrested for the second time in 2009 at the same time with International Workers’ Day, along with a group of civil activists in Laleh Park in Tehran and was released on the bail after a month.

 
For the third time he was arrested on May 23, 2010. He was in solitary confinement in Evin prison for 4 months and was interrogated and then transferred to ward 350 of Evin Prison.
Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Salvati, in a short trial and without presence of a lawyer; sentenced him to twenty years imprisonment, the sentence was reduced on appeal to five years.

 
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was beaten during the attack on ward 350 of Evin prison by prison guards, known as “Black Thursday”, and transferred to solitary confinement in ward 240 for 15 days.

 
He was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 in May 2015, and later he was illegally exiled to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

 
Ebrahimzadeh is suffering from a slipped disc and arthritis of the neck and the efforts have not been successful in the treatment of the disease in prison. His son Nima, has cancer and his family says that, because of Nima’s condition, difficulties in travelling and financial restrictions they are not able to visit him weekly.

 
Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has been repeatedly harassed and moved from one ward to another, and was enduring his imprisonment in ward two known as “Darol-Quran” in Rajai Shahr prison without respecting the principle of separation of offenses.

 
While, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s five years imprisonment sentence ended, an appeal court reduced his new sentence from 9 and a half years imprisonment to 7 years and 10 months and 15 days, also a fine of 4,500,000 IRR, on August 1, 2015. He is charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against internal and external security” and propaganda against the regime.

 
The sentence has been issued because of his activities in prison, when he was enduring his 5-year imprisonment sentence.

 
In addition, charges of “violation of detention order” and “using satellite equipment and game cards” were also part of the charges against the jailed worker. All of these charges were applied while he was in prison.


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