Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

Conviction of Milad Eftekhari to imprisonment and supplementary punishment


Human Rights in Iran – Friday, September 2, 2022 – Branch 37 of the Fars Province Appeals Court issued a preliminary ruling confirming the verdict against Milad Eftekhari.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, On Thursday, September 1, 2022, Milad Eftekhari, born in 1996, a graduate of the Bachelor of Social Communication Sciences from Tehran University, resident of Beyrom city in Larestan County, was sentenced by Branch 37 of the Fars Province Appeals Court to three years imprisonment and social exclusion. With the application of Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, two years of the total imprisonment issued for this citizen is necessary.

According to the decree issued by Branch 37 of the Court of Appeal of Fars Province, which was communicated to Milad Eftekhari yesterday, Thursday, September 1, 2022, he has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for the charge of “insulting the leadership in cyberspace”, 1 year of imprisonment for the charge of “propaganda activity against the regime”, and as an additional punishment to 2 years of ban on activities in cyberspace and 2 years of ban on leaving the country.

It should be mentioned that among the examples of accusations against Milad Eftekhari were writing critical topics and articles against Ali Khamenei and comparing the Islamic Republic system with Nazi and Stalinist fascism and publishing it on his personal pages.

Furthermore, due to the referral of Milad Eftekhari’s case to the Sentence Enforcement Branch of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Larestan, he will serve his prison sentence by installing electronic ankle under judicial surveillance.

Milad Eftekhari was tried by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz on July 12, 2022, and later this month, was sentenced by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz to three years imprisonment and deprivation of activity in cyberspace.

This cyberspace activist was arrested by the security forces on May 23, 2021, due to publishing protest material in the cyberspace, and after being transferred to the Intelligence Detention Center of the Shiraz Revolutionary Guards and undergoing interrogation process, he was temporarily released on May 30, 2021 from Larestan Prison on a bail of 100 million Tomans.

Also, on July 22, 2021, IRGC Intelligence Department, after summoning Milad Eftekhari and interrogating him, threatened him that if he republishes critical material against IRGC and Ali Khamenei, he will face prosecution and judicial action.

Suppression of national civil activists is a clear example of violation of freedom of expression and violation of international human rights documents, including Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16, 1966.

Denying the accused access to a lawyer during interrogation, investigation and proceedings violates Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Also, people’s right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights that is emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized on informing the accused as soon as possible about the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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