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Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Arash Nasri, political prisoner sentenced to 17 years in prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, August 14, 2020 / Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Mohammad Moghiseh, issued an indictment on which Arash Nasri, a political prisoner imprisoned in ward 4 of Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Arash Nasri from Sanandaj (Kurdistan Province), residing in Varamin County (southeast of Tehran Province), incarcerated in ward 4 of Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, was sentenced on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Mohammad Moghiseh to a total of 17 years in prison on charges of acting against national security through membership in a Kurdish opposition party, keeping and bearing illegal weapons, unlawfully exiting the country, and participating in buying and selling weapons. If the sentence is upheld by the Court of Appeals and Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code is applied, Arash Nasri will be sentenced to 6 years in prison.

According to the lawsuit, which was communicated to Arash Nasri in Raja’i Shahr Prison on August 5, this political prisoner was sentenced to 6 years in prison for acting against national security through membership in a Kurdish opposition party, 6 years for keeping and bearing weapons, 1 and a half year for unlawfully exiting the country, and 3 and a half years for participating in sale and purchase of weapons. The sentence imposed on the charges of keeping and bearing weapons was based solely on photos posted by Arash Nasri on this personal Instagram page while the political prisoner was in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The hearing on the case of Arash Nasri was held on July 20, 2020, by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, chaired by Mohammad Moghiseh.

Arash Nasri was arrested by security forces on December 20, 2019, at his residence in Varamin. After being transferred to a detention center and undergoing interrogation and being charged in one of security wards of Evin Prison, he was taken to Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj in February 2020.

The inability of a defendant to have access to a lawyer during interrogation and trial, violates Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

Likewise, individuals 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).

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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