Human Rights in Iran – Today on Sunday, June 14th 2020, branch 9 of the 1st Criminal Court of Tehran, presided over by judge Mohammad Kashkouli, pronounced the director of Baharnews website and Hamshahri newspaper guilty after a court hearing.
According to Human Rights in Iran, quoted from ILNA (Iranian Labour News Agency), today, Sunday, June 14th 2020, Ahmad Mo’meni Rad, the spokesman for the jury of the Tehran Press Court announced the assemble of a hearing based on a complaint against Baharnews website and Hamshahri newspaper in branch 9 of Tehran’s 1st Criminal Court which was headed by judge Mohammad Kashkouli.
Explaining the news, this judicial official said: “Today, a hearing was held on the cases of Baharnews website and Hamshahri newspaper in branch 9 of Tehran’s 1st Criminal Court chaired by judge Mohammad Kashkouli.”
Regarding the Baharnews case, Ahmad Mo’meni Rad said: “The director in charge of the Baharnews website was unanimously found guilty of spreading lies in order to disturb the public opinion and the court did not grant him any commutation.”
Regarding the case of Hamshahri newspaper, he added: “The editor-in-chief of Hamshahri newspaper was also found guilty of dissemination of disinformation to disturb public opinion and according to the jury of the Press Court this defendant was not entitled to any commutation.”
The suppression of press and social media activists violates the International Human Rights Instruments, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted on December 16 1966 which emphasize the individuals’ rights to release their thoughts and opinions regardless of boundary restrictions.
Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provide 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.
Individuals have the right to access a fair trial by an impartial tribunal, as enshrined in international human rights instruments, as well as article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and article 14 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Also All Khamenei, Islamic Republic leader, in his talks has acclaimed for times that NO citizen in Iran is being prosecuted for their criticism, however the compulsory and ruthlessly suppression and the expanse of security condition and atmosphere is Iran unveils the obvious fact and accentuates the point that the governmental rulers in Iran are the big staff of sophistry, casuistry and arbitrary interpretation.