Prisoner of Conscience, Soheil Arabi, Sentenced to extra 3 years imprisonment

Prisoner of Conscience, Soheil Arabi, Sentenced to extra 3 years imprisonment

Published by on October 4, 2018

The prisoner of conscience, Soheil Arabi, has been accused with new charges and has been sentenced to more three years imprisonment.

Soheil Arabi, prisoner of conscience has been sentenced to additional three years behind bars, exile and forced stay in Borazjan, for communicating with foreign media, sending statement from prison and encouraging people in December 2017 to stage protests, by the Branch 26 of Revolutionary Court, presided by judge Ahmadzadeh.

Soheil Arabi, who has been serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence for criticizing the Iranian regime on Facebook, since 2013, was slapped with additional six years in July 2018, after being convicted of fabricate charges. He was sentenced to five years behind bars for “insulting the sanctuaries” and another year for “propaganda against the regime.”

Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, head of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court prosecuted him, on 10 June, 2018. The charges brought against him include “issuing statements”, “communicating with foreign media and organizations”, “insulting the supreme leader Ali Khamenei”.

Soheil Arabi was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 2013, for publishing photos of the 2009 uprising, cartoons of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and articles about the Iranian Regime. He was tortured in the prison’s solitary confinement ward.

Soheil Arabi was sentenced to death by a court in Tehran on charges of insulting the sanctities and the Muslim’s prophet via Facebook, in 2014. Then, after an international outcry, Iran’s Supreme Court commuted his sentence to 7.5 years in prison and an additional three years in prison and 30 lashes for insulting regime leaders.

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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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