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Thursday, 24 September, 2020

Amir Aghajani, civil activist arrested to endure prison sentence

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, August 14, 2020 / Amir Aghajani, a constitutionalism civil activist was arrested to serve his 1-year prison sentence and is currently held in the quarantine ward of Evin Prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, August 9, 2020, after referring to branch 1 of the Tehran Security Court, Amir Aghajani, a constitutionalism civil activist was arrested to serve a 1-year prison sentence and transferred to the quarantine ward of Evin Prison.

Confirming the news ,a well-informed source told the reporter of Human Rights in Iran: “Amir Aghajani was summoned to branch 1 of the Evin Prison Court last week to serve his 1-year sentence after receiving a notification from branch 1 of the Enforcement of Criminal Judgments, and on Sunday this week reported himself to the Enforcement Branch of Evin Prison.”

After being summoned to the department of the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran, this constitutionalism civil activist was arrested on December 25, 2019 and transferred to security ward 209 of this security organ located in Evin Prison, and undergoing intensive interrogations, he was temporarily released on bail on January 12, 2020.

Amir Aghajani was tried by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Mohammad Moghiseh, on February 15, 2020, on charges of propaganda activities against the regime, and sentenced to 1 year in prison.

The ruling was upheld on May 19, 2020, after being referred to branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals, presided over by Ahmad Zargar.

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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