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MohammadReza Moradi, political prisoner returned to Evin Prison

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Human Rights in Iran – On Thursday, May 21st 2020, Mohammad-Reza Moradi, a political prisoner, after the finish of temporary leave, returned to Evin Prison to serve his prison sentence. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, this politcal prisoner was sent on a furlough on March 10th 2020.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Wednesday, May 20th 2020, Mohammad-Reza Moradi, a political prisoner who was sent on a leave on March 10th 2020 due to the outbreak of corona virus, returned to Evin Prison to continue his Imprisonment. This political prisoner is serving a 3-year prison sentence.

Speaking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a source said: “Mohammad-Reza Moradi who was sent on a leave on March 10th 2020 at the same time with the outbreak of corona virus, returned to ward 4 of Evin Prison and after the completion a 2-weeks period he will be transferred to ward 8 in Evin Prison”.

This political prisoner was arrested on January 15th 2019 in order to serve his 3-year prison sentence and was transferred to quarantine ward and then to ward 8, corridor 7 in Evin Prison.

In 2017, MohammadReza Moradi was trialled by branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Mohammad Moghiseh on charges of insulting the sanctities, insulting the leadership, propaganda activities against the regime and releasing videos and images in cyberspace. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison for insulting the leadership, 3 years for insulting the sanctities and 1 year for releasing videos and images in cyberspace. Referring his case to Court of Appeals in Tehran, it was absolutely upheld there.

This cyberspace activist which managed a group in Blog and Facebook named “Atheist”, was arrested by IRGC Intelligence agents on February 27th 2014 and was transferred to IRGC’s ward 2A in Evin Prison, undergoing intensive interrogation and was accused of Insulting sanctities, propaganda activities against the regime and releasing pornographic videos in cyberspace. After the interrogation process and explanation of charges, on March 14th 2014 he was temporarily released on a bail of 50 million Tomans, however he was summoned and interrogated several times by security Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison.

Detention of individuals without explaining their charges at the time of arrest and the defendants’ impossibility of the access to a lawyer during the interrogation and trial, are among instances of violations of International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966.

Also the 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 (CCPR).

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the Principle of Freedom of Expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border 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.

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