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Salar Sedigh Hamedani returned to Urmia Central Prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, August 20, 2020 / After the interrogation in the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department, Salar Sedigh Hamedani, a political prisoner was returned to the Central Prison of this city (in West Azerbaijan Province) to continue his imprisonment.

According to Human Rights in Iran, this morning (Thursday), August 20, Salar Sedigh Hamedani, a political prisoner detained in the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department, was moved back to the Central Prison of this city after completing his interrogation, to continue his imprisonment. This political prisoner is serving a 15-year prison term with his father, Ebrahim Sedigh Hamedani in Urmia Central Prison.

Salar Sedigh Hamedani reportedly was transferred to the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department for interrogation and to be informed of his accusation of propaganda activities against the state.

On the other hand, today, Thursday, August 20, Ebrahim Sedigh Hamedani, who had gone on a hunger strike to protest the transfer of his son Salar Sedigh Hamedani, ended his hunger strike after 11 days when his son was returned to the Urmia Central Prison.

On August 3 (2020), Salar Sedigh Hamedani and his father, Ebrahim Sedigh Hamedani, were transferred from the psychiatric ward to a counseling ward in Urmia Central Prison due to their protest against the poor nutritional status and the next day, August 4, they were taken to the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department, which seems to have been informed of a new charge in connection with this protest.

Salar Khalil Sedigh Hamedani and Maryam Khalil Sedigh Hamedani along with their father Ebrahim Khalil Sedigh Hamedani, were arrested by security forces in Urmia (West Azerbaijan Province) on March 5, 2019, and after enduring 2 months in solitary confinement and undergoing intensive interrogations in the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department, were transferred to the Central Prison of this County.

After completing the interrogation process and being informed of her charge, Maryam Khalil Sedigh Hamedani was released from the custody on April 25, 2020 by posting a bail of 250 million Tomans until the end of the trial.

Ebrahim Khalil Sedigh Hamedani and Salar Khalil Sedigh Hamedani were tried by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia on September 18, 2019, and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on charges of membership in PMOI/MEK (People’s Mujahedin of Iran/Mujahedin-e Khalq) Organization and 1 year for propaganda activities against the state.

Also, in second part of the case, Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia sentenced each of the two defendants to 3 years in prison on charges of filming military centers. By applying Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, 15 years of imprisonment was imposed on each of these individuals.

Political prisoners in Iranian prisons struggle with a collection of widespread human rights abuses. On the one hand, their deprivation of the right to a trial, which violates Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and on the other hand, various diseases and injuries that most of these people have been suffering from since they were imprisoned. On the other hand, successive file-making for them is one of the cases that is evident. However, judicial and security officials in Iranian prisons use this issue as a lever of pressure to justify the views or accusations leveled against individuals, which violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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