Court Of Appeals Upheld Ten Year Sentence of University of Texas Doctoral Student Omid Kokabee

Branch 36 of the Court of Appeals has upheld the 10 year imprisonment sentence of Omid Kokabee.

According to reports by Jaras, Kokabee’s lawyers have not been allowed to visit with him. The judicial process in Kokabee’s case contained many discrepancies that, each one alone, should have warranted a mistrial and removal of the judge in the case.

After 15 months in prison under temporary detention, Omid Kokabee, an Iranian physicist and doctoral student at the University of Texas in Austin, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, accused of conspiring with foreign countries against Iran.

Kokabee was tried and convicted in a trial of 13 people accused of “spying for Israel”.

In February 2011, Omid Kokabee was arrested at the airport in Tehran as he was attempting to return to the United States to continue his studies, on charges of “communicating with a hostile government” and “illegitimate/illegal earnings”.

Kokabee’s lawyer, Saeed Khalili, calls his client’s charges Irrational and unfounded and says he was not allowed to speak with his client in court.

Source: Jaras

Please see University of Texas at Austin information sheet on Omid Kokabee here

Omid Kokabee’s letter to Chief Judiciary here


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