Parisa Rafiei’s Referred to the Court of Appeals after the Acquittal, Due to Prosecutor ObjectionPublished by Ali on December 28, 2020
International Liberty Association: The new case of Parisa Rafiei, a trade union activist at the University of Tehran imprisoned in Evin Prison, was referred to the Court of Appeals after she was acquitted in the initial stage. Ms. Rafiei’s charges were previously heard in the Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on 11 October this year. This case is related to a letter written by Parisa Rafiei in April 2019 regarding the conditions of solitary confinement and the doubled pressure on female civil activists such as the “virginity test”.
A source close to the student activist said she had been mistreated all the time during her detention. Parisa Rafiei was pressured to take a “virginity test” while in state custody, threatened with execution, brutalized and her nails pulled.
The new case of Parisa Rafiei, a union activist at the University of Tehran imprisoned in Evin Prison, was referred to the Court of Appeals after being acquitted in the initial stage. Sultan Ali Rafiei, Parisa Rafiei’s father, announced in a note on his personal page that Ms. Rafiei’s lawyer, Mostafa Nili, was informed by the Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran that his client had been acquitted and the prosecutor had objected to the verdict. Thus, Parisa Rafiei’s case has been referred to the Court of Appeals. Ms. Rafiei’s charges were previously heard in the Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on 11 October.
Ms. Rafiei was previously summoned to this branch of the court on 26 September. She refused to attend the court hearing due to not receiving a written notification.
The last interrogation session of Parisa Rafiei in this case was held on 5 September, this year without the presence of her lawyer in the Branch 2 of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office, presided over by Judge Haji Moradi. She defended herself and a bail of 100 million Tomans was issued for her. The first hearing in Ms. Rafiei’s case was held on 19 August in the same branch.
ILA: The Revolutionary Court of Tehran had earlier sentenced Parisa Rafii to 7 years prison and 74 lashes plus depriving her of leaving the country for two years and membership in parties and groups.