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Arkan Alizadeh transferred to Urmia Central Prison after interrogation

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / Arkan Alizadeh, a citizen of Urmia, was transferred to Urmia Central Prison after being interrogated and informed of the charges in the detention center of the city’s Intelligence Department.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Arkan Alizadeh, born in 1998, from Urmia, a city in West Azerbaijan, was transferred to Urmia Central Prison on Saturday, September 12, 2020, after being interrogated and informed of his charges.

The accusation brought against Arkan Alizadeh by the investigator of Branch 6 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Urmia is “cooperation with Salafi (Islamist) groups” and a bail of 3 billion Rials has been requested for the temporary release of this citizen.

This resident of Urmia was arrested by the security forces on August 2, 2020, on charges of propaganda for Salafi groups, and was transferred to the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department for interrogation.

Explaining the news, a credible source added: “Arkan Alizadeh was in quarantine ward for 8 days and was transferred to the political prisoners’ ward of Urmia Central Prison.”

The denial of access to a lawyer at the time of detention and during interrogation violates international human rights instruments, 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.

The enjoyment of a fair trial is also one of the inalienable rights enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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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