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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

Retired IRGC Commander Hossein Farzin Summoned, Arrested And Moved To Vakil Abad Prison

Hossein Farzin

Political activist, retired IRGC Commander (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), former city of Mashshad deputy mayor and television program director, Hossein Farzin, was summoned by the Revolutionary Court, arrested and then moved to Mashad’s Vakil Abad prison for the implementation of his 15 month imprisonment and the 20 lashes sentence.

Hossein Farzin was arrested by IRGC’s Intelligence Unit, on October 12, 2010 in a raid of his home. He was released after 3 months in detention on 300 Million Tomans bail.

Retired commander Farzin was in charge of advertising during the 8 year Iran-Iraq war at IRGC’s Khatam Alanbia Headquarters. He is also a disabled veteran suffering from respiratory complications resulting from chemical weapons.

Source: HRANA

IRGC Intelligence Opposes Needed Medical Furlough For Hossein Ronaghi

Tehran’s district attorney’s office has informed the family of incarcerated human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki that the IRGC Intelligence is preventing the granting of a medical furlough for Hossein.

According to Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor, IRGC (the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) has stated that, because, Hossein Ronaghi continued his activism while on the previous medical furlough, they will not permit another medical furlough, even if his incarceration jeopardizes his health.

The family of this political prisoner, who have asked the officials of the Islamic Republic to help secure his release and save his life, say, “We have repeatedly written to various officials in the Islamic Republic and have asked them to help save the life of our son. But so far, all of this letter writing and following up on his case, have not had any result. Hossein, like all the other political prisoners, is not guilty of any crime and must be released.”

According to a previously published report on Kaleme website, a Judiciary official, replying to Hossein’s voicing concern about unhealthy prison conditions and the lack of proper medical treatment for himself and other ill political prisoners, said, “You will eventually die in prison, and after a few weeks of the media noise, everything will become quite.”

According to Hossein’s family, he told them during a prison visit that he will launch a hunger strike in early Mordad (July 23rd is the beginning of month of Mordad) if the authorities continue their negligence and their disregard for human life,

The family of this human rights activist, expressing their concern about the state of his health, said, “Tehran’s District Attorney’s office has told us that the IRGC Intelligence opposes granting Hossein a medical furlough and that we must speak with IRGC’s interrogator about Hossein’s medical furlough.

Hossein has decided to launch a hunger strike due to the the authorities’ disregard for a human life and health. In the light of Hossein’s decision, and due to his existing illnesses, we are extremely concerned about his health and his life.

Anymore, we just don’t know which Judicial official we must turn to next for help and to get them to listen to our heartaches and to help solve our problem.

Due to the lack of specialized facilities, the lack of access to his treating physicians, and lack of proper nutrition, Ronaghi has recently encountered gastrointestinal bleeding and has not been able to take his needed medication for his prostate and kidney diseases.

According to previously published reports, despite Hossein suffering from kidney malfunction and prostate and bladder inflammation, was ordered back to prison by the district attorney prior to the presidential election.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was among those arrested after the 2009 disputed presidential election. He was arrested by IRGC Intelligence and tried at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Last August, while Ronaghi was on his first medical furlough, he, his brother and father, Ahmad and Hassan Ronaghi, along with 33 other earthquake aide workers, were arrested at the Sarand earthquake relief workers’ camp in the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan.

In that case, Ronaghi was sentenced to 2 years and six months imprisonment on the charges of “Assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security in the earthquake-stricken areas”, “Threat to public health through distribution of moldy bread”, and “Disobeying police orders”, thus, making his sentence increase to a total of 17 years and six months imprisonment.

Source: Kaleme