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Wednesday, 02 December, 2020

Reza Mazaheri summoned to serve his prison sentence

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, June, 16th 2020/ Branch 1 of the Tehran Criminal Court, headed by Mohammad Mehdi Baraeh, issued a statement summoning Reza Mazaheri, a civil activist residing in Tehran to serve his 2 years prison sentence.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Monday, June 15th 2020, Reza Mazaheri, a civil activist residing in Tehran, was summoned by branch 1 of the Tehran’s security court, chaired by Mohammad Mehdi Baraeh for enduring his 2 years prison sentence. This civil activist was arrested by security forces in January 2019 and during a hearing was sentenced by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to 2 years in prison and paying fine on charges dissemination falsehoods and propaganda against the government. The verdict was exactly upheld by the Court of Appeals in Tehran.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a well-informed source said: “After the arrest in January 2019, Reza Mazaheri, the civil activist was sentenced at the end of hearing by Mohammad Mehdi Baraeh to 2 years in prison and paying fine. Then he was summoned to serve the sentence.”

On April 15th 2019, branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over Mohammad Moghiseh, issued a lawsuit sentencing Reza Mazaheri to 2 years in prison and a fine of 4 million Tomans on charges of dissemination falsehoods and propaganda against the government. After the referral of the sentence to branch 36 of Tehran’s Court of Appeals, headed by Ahmad Zargar, it was upheld in March 2020.

Reza Mazaheri was arrested by security police officers in Tehran on December 29th 2018. After being transferred to Evin Prison, he was interrogated during four interrogation sessions by the investigator of branch 2 of Tehran’s Security Prosecutor’s Office, headed by Mohammad Nasirpour and was accused of dissemination falsehoods and propaganda against the government. On January 8th 2019, he was released temporarily on a bail of 100 million Tomans up to the completion of the hearing procedures.

The suppression of civil activists and the imposition of restrictions on their civil rights are among the most flagrant human rights violations of freedom of expression illustrated in UDHR article 19.

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.

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 (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.

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