Prominent Scholar Sadegh Zibakalam Sentenced to 18 Months For Criticizing Iran’s Nuclear Program

Sadegh Zibakalam

Prominent scholar and university professor, Sadegh Zibakalam has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment according to a post on his Facebook.

Following is the translations of Zibakalam’s post on Facebook:

In the name of the Almighty,

Greetings friends,

As you are aware, after the Geneva agreement, and the widespread attacks on me by the “the worried ones”, I wrote two open letters, one to Mr. Hossein Shariyatmadari (managing editor of hardliner Kayhan newspaper), and to Mr. Hamid Rasaei (hardliner Parliament member).

In these letters, while defending the government’s efforts to resolve the nuclear issue, I raised the question as to what benefits for the country’s core economical progress and development have resulted from the nuclear program?

In his response to me, Mr. Shariyatmadari noted that, “if you were so concerned and worried for the people of Iran, you would have not defended the corruptors involved in the 3,000 billion Toman embezzlement case”.

Responding to him, I replied, All I asked from those prosecuting this case was what exactly was the crime of the defendants, including Mr. Mahafarid Khosravi (who unfortunately has already been executed), to warrant the death penalty.

These two open letters to Mr. Sharyatmadari were the cause for the honorable district attorney to charge me with:

A: Propaganda against the Islamic Republic State
B: Publishing false information and disturbing the public’s peace.
C: Insulting judges and the officials of the Judiciary Branch

Based on these charges I was tried, and after presenting my written and verbal defense, I was today informed of the court’s ruling as follows:

12 months imprisonment sentence for asking the question; what benefit has the nuclear program had for the country?

Six months imprisonment for saying that in the trial of the 3,000 billion Toman embezzlement case, rather than seeking the truth and justice, they were more concerned with persuading and satisfying the public’s opinion.

I have appealed this sentence and will have to wait for the Appeals Court’s ruling.

In loving you, advice and admonition is to no avail
I have experienced the poison, sweetness will have no avail

They say, put chains on his feet
Insane is my heart, chaining my feet is to no avail

Sadegh Zibakalam
June 18, 2014

Source: Sadegh Zibakalam Facebook

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