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Mehdi Seifi Arrested To Endure Imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Mehdi Seifi was arrested to service his imprisonment after going to the Enforcement Branch of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Sanandaj.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Monday, September 5 (2022), Mehdi Seifi, a civil activist and a member of the Addiction Prevention Campaign (Jeyanewe of Kurdistan), was arrested and transferred to Sanandaj Prison in order to serve his 5-years prison term, after being summoned to the sentence enforcement unit of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of this city.

Mehdi Seifi was tried on March 14, 2022, by Branch One of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Saeedi, on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “collaborating with a Kurdish anti-regime party” and sentenced to two years in prison on May 19, 2022.

After announcing the objection and referring the case to the Appeals Court of Kurdistan Province, Mehdi Seifi’s prison sentence was changed to five months in prison and four years suspended imprisonment.

This civil activist was arrested by security forces on April 24, 2021, and after being transferred to the detention center of one of the security organizations in Sanandaj and passing interrogation and investigation proceedings, was released on bail.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code emphasizes on informing the defendants as soon as possible of the charges against them, as well as the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

The suppression of freedom of expression 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, which emphasizes the right of individuals to freely disseminate their political and ideological opinions and views.

The arbitrary detention of individuals and the lack of access to lawyers violate 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

Also, the right to due process is one of the incontrovertible rights, which is also emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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