Iran Human Rights Updates: Heavy Sentences, New Charges, Summons, Suspensions,July 29, 2010
Student Activist Bahareh Hedayat Sentenced to Nine and a Half Years in Prison
July 25, 2010
According to lawyer Mehdi Hojjati, branch 54 of Tehran’s Appeals Court upheld all the rulings from the lower court and handed down a nine and a half year prison sentence for Bahareh Hedayat, student activist and member of the central council of Daftar-e Tahkim Vahdat.
Previously, judge Moghiseh of branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court ruled a sentence of five years in prison for “collusion and conspiracy against the system”, two years in prison for “insulting the leader”, and six months in prison for “insulting the President” and “propaganda against the system”. Also, her previously suspended two years imprisonment on the charge of acting against national security by holding a demonstration on June 12, 2006 (a women’s demonstration) was also added on to her sentence.
According to RAHANA, Bahareh Hedayat was accused of several charges following her arrest on January 1, 2010. Some of her charges include giving interviews to foreign media, insulting the leader, insulting the President, disrupting public order through participation in illegal gatherings, illegal entrance to and destruction of the main entrance of Amirkabir University during a visit by 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi.
Latest News on Mahdieh Golroo
July 23, 2010
Vahid Lalipour, the husband of student activist Mahdieh Golroo stated, “Since Mahdieh Golroo’s hunger strike while she was detained in the solitary confinement cell in ward 209 of Evin prison, she faces serious intestinal problems. We also face difficulties sending medication to her.”
He talked to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about prison visits with Mahdieh Golroo: “According to the law, all prisoners are permitted one visit a month; however, we are not. We were told that her file was sent for investigation to branch 54 of the Appeals Court. We visited the branch to reduce the bail amount set at $500,000 USD, but the [branch members] told us that there was no information available on the case. We are now awaiting the final verdict. Mahdieh was not engaged in illegal activities. She was a member of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education. She advocates for the rights of all citizens to study. The accusations against Mahdieh Golroo and two of her cell mates are connected to their activities [with the Council].
Golroo was detained on October 23, 2009. She was sentenced to two years and four months in prison by the preliminary court. Mahdieh Golroo, Shiva Nazar Ahari, Mahboubeh Karami, and Shabnam Madadzzadeh are currently detained in the same ward.
Post-Election Detainee Charged with Anti-Regime Propaganda
July 22, 2010
According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, a court hearing was held in branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court with presiding judge Moghiseh for Mostafa Papey, a post-election detainee charged with anti-regime propaganda and conspiracy and assembly to act against national security.
Tahkim Vahdat Member Nasim Sarabandi Summoned to Revolutionary Court
According to Daneshjoo News, Sarabandi was previously arrested by security forces in October 2009 along with 17 members of Tehran council of the TahkimVahdat organization and after transferred to the follow-up committee of the Ministry of Intelligence. During the past months, Ministry of Intelligence agents made several phone calls to Sarabandi’s house to threaten the student activist and ask her to resign from her student activities with Tahkim Vahdat.
Meanwhile, Bahareh Hedayat and Milad Asadi, two members of the central council of the student organization are currently serving heavy prison sentences in Evin. Mehdi Arabshahi, another secretary of Tahkim Vahdat who was released from ward 209 of Evin prison after three months of detention due to a heart attack, was hospitalized again.
Students Suspended for Attending Kianoush Asa’s Memorial
July 21, 2010
Students who attended a memorial held in Tehran’s Elm O Sanat (University of Science and Technology) for the anniversary of Kianoush Asa’s death were suspended from school for up to two semesters.
According to Daneshjoo News, a student who wants to be anonymous for security reasons stated that he was “summoned for the second time to the disciplinary committee two days ago and was suspended for one semester.” He later found out that “around 20 to 30 students were suspended from the university for up to two semesters.”
The university listed disruption of order at the university and non-compliance with regulations as the reasons for the suspensions.
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