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Iran Sentences 8 People To 127 Years Of Imprisonment For Facebook Activities

Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced 8 people to a total of 127 years of imprisonment on charges such as “assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, blasphemy, and insulting the heads of the three branches of the government and officials”.

These individuals were administrators for several Facebook pages. They were arrested on warrants issued by the prosecutor last July.

The defendants in these cases have been charged with various charges, but they all have been charged with the assembly and collusion against national security and propaganda against the state charges.

The cases of these eight people were first reviewed at Shahid Moghadasi court located in Evin prison. Indictments were issued and sent for trial to Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghayeseh.

The defendants are from various cities in Iran, including Yazd, Shiraz, Abadan, Kerman and Tehran.

The trial of these defendants started on April 14, 2014 with the court issuing it’s verdict on April 29, 2014.

Two of the defendants were sentenced to 18 years plus 91 days, and 19 years plus 91 days, respectively, as well as a fine of 1.3 million tomans and 50 lashes.

The others were sentenced to twenty one, twenty, sixteen, fourteen, eleven and eight years of imprisonment.

The cases of these defendants have been appealed but the Appellate Court which will review their cases have not yet been designated.

Source: IRNA

Unprecedented 123 Years of Imprisonment For 8 People Active On Facebook In Iran

The Tehran Revolutionary Court, in another illegal action, sentenced 8 men and women, active on Facebook to more than 123 years of imprisonment.

Since the authorities have been unable to have any influence on society in trying to ban Facebook, with this action, they seem to be trying to create panic among social network users, and are using this to create and influence an atmosphere of oppression in cyber-space.

According to the opposition site Kaleme, these people who were arrested last year and were interrogated at the IRGC Ward 2-A in Evin prison, were tried and sentenced collectively to more than 123 years of imprisonment in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghayeseh,.

The sentences issued by lower court are as follows:

1- Roya Saberinejad Nobakht; 20 years of imprisonment

2- Masoud Ghasem Khani; 19 years and 91 days of imprisonment

3- Fariborz Kardarfar; 18 years and 91 days of imprisonment

4- Sayd Masoud Sayed Talebi; 15 years and one day of imprisonment

5- Amin (Farid) Akramipour; 13 years of imprisonment

6- Naghmeh Shahi Savandi Shirazi; 7 years and 91 days of imprisonment

7- Mehdi Rayshahri; 11 years of imprisonment

8- Amir Golestani; 20 years of imprisonment

These 8 people were charged with assembly and collusion against the national security, insulting the Supreme Leader, insulting the authorities, propaganda against the regime, blasphemy, and spreading lies and disturbing the public’s peace.

The Revolutionary Court, based on Article 134 of the new Islamic Republic’s Penal Code has issued these sentences, giving them more than half of the maximum penalty. But, according to this same Article, only the sentence for the charge with the highest maximum penalty is enforceable. In this case, that would be the charge of assembly and collusion against the national security, which carries 7 1/2 years of imprisonment.

While the issue of free access to the Internet has become one of the main challenges between the hardliner Judiciary and the administration of Hassan Rouhani and considering the inability of the hardliners to influence the cyber space activities of the people, they have resorted to giving these heavy sentences to make an example and to create an atmosphere of fear in order to stop the people from online activities.

Kaleme had previously reported regarding the IRGC’s scenario and arresting of cyber activists in the summer and fall of 2013. Those people were arrested in Tehran, Shiraz and Sari. They were all held at IRGC’s Ward 2-A in Evin prison where they were interrogated and tortured. Currently they are being held in Evin prison and Gharchak prison for women in Varamin.

Despite the fact that the IRGC interrogators have charged these 8 people with various false charges, that the Court used to convict them, Kaleme’s reporter investigations showed that activities of these 8 people were limited to criticism of the ruling establishment’s policies, poems and songs of protest, spreading the news of the events of post-2009 presidential election and political-social satires.

These activists, under pressure by the interrogators and with false promises of leniency, gave false confessions on national TV, apologizing for their actions, voicing regret for their Facebook activities, and warned about the ill effects of these social networking sites.

Source: Kaleme