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Wednesday, 30 September, 2020

Ali Sakeni, a lawyer living in Sanandaj was arrested

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Human Rights in Iran – August 10, 2020, Security agents in Sanandaj arrested Ali Sakeni, a lawyer living in this city and transferred him to prison.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, On Sunday, August 9, 2020, Ali Sakeni, a lawyer and human rights activist residing in Saqqez (Kurdistan Province) was arrested by security forces.

The case of this lawyer is being investigated in branch 3 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Sanandaj on the charge of propaganda activities against the regime through revealing the secrets of Hooshmand Alipour’s case.

“Ali Sakeni has been arrested after the change of the investigator in the case”, said Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, a lawyer and human rights activist.

Also, Ali Sakeni had previously been detained by security forces at his private residence on June 28, 2020, and had been transferred to the Sanandaj intelligence detention center.

On July 1, 2020, after completing the interrogation process and being charged, this lawyer was transferred from the Sanandaj intelligence detention center to Saqqez Prison and was released on bail on July 6, 2020, until the end of the trial.

Detention of persons before they are charged and the inability of defendants to access a lawyer are among the violations of international instruments of human rights, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

Individuals also enjoy the right to a fair trial, which is an inalienable right, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vague and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the principle of freedom of expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.

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