Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

Human Rights Activist Dr.Yousef Pourseifi Is Sentenced To Five Years And Six Months In Prison

Dr. Mohamad Hassan Yousef Pourseifi has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison.

According to reports by the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran, this human rights activist, a member of the Human Rights Activists Organization in Iran and member of the Defense of Child Laborers, was sentenced today, Wednesday July 25, 2012, in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, to five years and six months in prison.

Dr. Pourseifi was convicted according to article 610 of the Islamic Penal Code, and sentenced to three years, on charges of:
– Collusion and conspiracy with intent to commit a crime against the national security through membership in an illegal organization called Human Rights Activists in Iran.
– Providing assistance to those convicted on anti-national security charges and arranging for them to leave the country illegally.
– Providing bail illegally for political prisoners.

Dr. Pourseifi was also convicted under article 513 of the Islamic Penal Code, on charges of blasphemy, for an article he posted on the Sa’ate Deltanki blog about the Fatima Zahra Institute in Mashhad on the subject of Sigheh (temporary marriage), and the status of Women in Iran.

He was also convicted and sentenced to six months under Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code on charges of propaganda against the establishment by posting an article on Sa’ate Deltanki blog on the subject of safety and security plan in Iran and Hejab (Islamic dress code), and also a critical article on the condition and livelihood of workers and child laborers in Iran.

Based on all of his convictions, Dr. Pourseifi was sentenced to a total of five years and six months imprisonment.

Dr. Yousefi has rejected filing for an appeal and will report to Evin prison later part of August of 2012.

Source: HRANA

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Seventeen Gonabadi Dervishes Have Been Summoned By The Revolutionary Court In Shiraz

Seventeen Gonabadi Dervishes from city of Kovar have been summoned to the criminal branch of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, on charges of acting against national security, disturbing public order, assault and battery and carrying of illegal weapon.

According to Majzooban Nour reporter, Misters Mehrdad Keshavarz, Omidali Akbaritabar, Mohamad Ali Shamshirzan, Mohamad Ali Dehghan, Gholamali Bairami, Amir Hamzeh Dehghan, Mohamad Ali Sadeghi, Behyar Rajabi, Kazem Dehghan, Seyed Ebrahim Bahrami, Abozar Malekpour, Abdolreza Aarayesh, Mohamad Aarayesh, Hamid Aarayesh, Mohsen Esmaeili, Manoochehr Zare and Aman Cheraghi are the members of Gonabadi Dervishes order that have been summoned to the criminal branch of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, on July 28, 2012, on charges of acting against national security, disturbing public order, assault and battery and carrying of illegal weapon.

According to this report, these summons were delivered by phone which has no legal grounds.

It should be noted that previously seventeen Gonabadi Dervishes members from city of Kovar were also summoned to the criminal court, presided by Judge Hemati, in Kovar city, on charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God), corruption agents on earth, and carrying of illegal weapons.

But, after referring their cases to the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz, the dervishes were acquitted of charges of waging war against God and corruption agents on earth.

Three of these Dervishes, Misters Hamidreza Aarayesh, Mohamad Ali Shamshirzan and Kazem Dehghan were incarcerated in Adelabad prison in Shiraz for five months.

Misters Kazem Dehghan and Hamid Aarayesh were released from Adelabad prison on July 12, 2012 on bail of 150 Million Tomans each.

But Mr. Mohamad Ali Shamshirzan remains incarcerated despite bail of 50 Million Tomans set for him by Judge Kheshti of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, due to lack of approval of his bail by the Prosecutor.

Following last year’s raids by the security and plainclothes forces on the homes and businesses of dervishes residing in city of Kovar, more than 100 Dervishes were arrested, dozens were injured and one Dervish was seriously injured and was martyred as a result of excessive bleeding. And since then a new wave of pressure has been inflicted on the Dervishes.

Source: Majzooban