Solitary Confinement for the civil activist

Solitary Confinement for the civil activist

Published by on January 23, 2016

Abbas-LesaniAbbas Lesani, a civil activist and father of three children imprisoned in Shiraz prison is prohibited from having prison visits since his exile to this prison.

He was transferred from Ardabil prison to Shiraz prison without any notice on Thursday, 12th November.

Abbas Lesani’s physical condition was not suitable when he was transferred to Shiraz prison because of hunger strike.
Abbas Lesani was arrested on Wednesday morning 22nd July on his way to his work and transferred to Ardebil prison to serve his sentence.

His wife had earlier said that he required continuous medical care due to a herniated disc and it was feared that the imprisonment and lack of access to essential care, would exacerbate his problems.

The Branch 1 of the Ardebil Appeal Court rejected the defence of Abbas Lesani in June, and also rejected the prosecutor’s request to exile Mr. Lesani, and just upheld his sentence of one-year-imprisonment.

Abbas Lesani had been imprisoned numerously. Previously, he was arrested in Ardebil, on 9th September, following the protests against drying of the lake of Urmia. He was charged with propaganda against the regime and forming a group to disrupt the security national. He was released on 5th November, after 55 days of detention in Ardebil Intelligence service, on the bail of 100 million Tomans (£23300).

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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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