Iranian Jailed Environmental Activist Claim Were Tortured To Make Confessions

Iranian Jailed Environmental Activist Claim Were Tortured To Make Confessions

Published by on February 4, 2019

Niloufar Bayani, a detained environmental activist in Iran, has said in a court sessions headed by judge Salavati that she has repeatedly been attacked and threatened by authorities and was forced to make confession.

Ms. Biyani who has been held by IRGC intelligence for over a year now said: “The ‘confessions’ had been made under physical and mental torture and intense psychological pressure and that she had retracted all of them after the first round of investigations”.

Bayani and seven other Iranian environmental activists accused of spying, had a closed-door trial in a Tehran court on 30 January this year.

During the court session the first half of their indictment was based on their forced ‘confessions’.
According to IRNA, state run news agency, Mohammad-Hossein Aghasi, a representative of one of the accused, said that he was not present in court as the state designated its own handpicked lawyers to represent the defendants.

During the court session, Niloufar Yayani interrupted several times and objected that her forced ‘confessions’ had become the basis for the trial.

Four of the Iranian environmental activists were charged last year with “sowing corruption on Earth,” a charge that can carry the death sentence in Iran.

Three other activists are accused of espionage and the last one has been charged with “conspiracy against national security”.

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