Fatemeh Bahmani Sentenced To A Fine Instead Of Imprisonment
Human Rights in Iran – Friday, September 16, 2022 – The initial sentence against Fatemeh Bahmani, a cultural union activist, was confirmed for not objecting.
According to Human Rights In Iran, quoting the Free Workers’ Union of Iran, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, Fatemeh Bahmani, a teacher and cultural union activist living in Shazand County in Markazi Province, was sentenced by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court t of the city, headed by Hossein Ghaed Rahmati, to pay a fine of 10 million Tomans instead of 6 months in prison. The cultural unionist was previously sentenced to a fine for her peaceful trade union activities.
The charge attributed to this cultural trade union activist is “propaganda against the regime”, and given the end of the 20-day opportunity to protest, the sentence has been finalized and Fatemeh Bahmani’s case has been referred to the Branch of The Shazand Prosecutor’s Office, according to the report.
It should be mentioned that the hearing in this case took place on August 4, 2022, at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shazand, and Fatemeh Bahmani presented her defense to Judge Hossein Ghaed Rahmati.
This cultural activist was arrested by security agents on May 1, 2022 and after going through the interrogation process and being informed of her accusation, was released on bail, on May 3 (2022).
Ms. Fatemeh Bahmani had been arrested by security agents earlier on December 24, 2022, and had been released after a few hours.
Also, on November 11, 2018, Fatemeh Bahmani, along with her husband, Mohammad Kord, was arrested by security agents and after being transferred to the detention center of a security agencies in Arak City and going through the interrogation process, both were released on bail, on November 18, 2018.
When the proceedings began, in April 2018, Fatemeh Bahmani and her husband, Mohammad Kord, were tried by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shazand and each was sentenced to a fine of 2 million Tomans instead of 6 months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime in cyberspace”.
In the same case, the civil society activist couple were tried at Branch 1 of the Criminal Court of Zalian District In Markazi Province on charges of “spreading lies with the intention of disturbing public opinion by posting false materials in cyberspace”, and were each sentenced to one year suspended imprisonment with a 3-year suspension and payment of 2 million Tomans.
The sentences mentioned were carried out in April 2018, after Fatemeh Bahmani and Mohammad Kord were summoned to the Sentence Enforcement Branch of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Shazand.
The prohibition of trade union activities and the suppression of cultural scholars violates Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and provisions 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The summons, detention and profiling against trade unionists comes at a time when their demands are trade unions and for their citizenship rights in line with Article 27 of the Iran Constitution.
The crackdown on labor activists and the bringing of security charges against them violate Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.
The lack of access to a lawyer and the denial of access to other requirements in a due process violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.
In addition, the right to due process by impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights accentuated in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code emphasizes on informing the accused as soon as possible of the charges against him/her and the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.