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Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Somayeh Kargar’s Conviction For Paying Fine On Appeal

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, September 5, 2022 – The Tehran Province Appeals Court issued a court order condemning Somayeh Kargar to pay a fine.

According to Human Rights in Iran report, in recent days, Somayeh Kargar from Ilam Province, a Philosophy graduate from Tabriz University, was sentenced by the Tehran Province Appeals Court to pay a fine for the exchange of her imprisonment and the sentence was carried out at the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office.

Mostafa Nili, the lawyer who announced the news, wrote on his personal page: “According to the forensics opinion that Ms. Somayeh Kargar was unable to endure imprisonment, her prison sentence was turned into a fine and her case was terminated by paying it.”

In August 2021, Somayeh Kargar was sentenced by Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, presided over by Iman Afshari to 6 years imprisonment on charges of “acting against national security through participation in the administration of an illegal group” and 8 months imprisonment on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”.

On October 16, 2020, this citizen from Ilam Province, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents at her private home in Tehran and after being transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 2-A of this security organ located in Evin Prison in February 2021, she was first transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison and then to Qarchak Prison in Varamin and was released on bail, on April 28, 2021.

Suppression of citizens and filing accusations against them based on the scenario of security agencies violates 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.

In addition, the right to a fair trial by an impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights highlighted in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The impossibility of the accused to have access to a lawyer, as well as denying the person access to other necessities in a judicial process, violates 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.

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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