Thursday, 26 November, 2020

Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a political activist was charged in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court


Human Rights in Iran – Friday, June 26, 2020 / A court hearing on charges against Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a writer, poetess and researcher living in Tehran was held without her presence, and Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai appeared as Sedigheh Vasmaghi’s defense lawyer.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Wednesday, the hearing on charges against Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a poetess, writer and political activist residing in Tehran was held by branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, chaired by Iman Afshari, without her presence and only with presence of her defense lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, and after reading the indictment, the investigation of the case was postponed to another time. In another case, Mrs. Vasmaghi was sentenced to 5 years in prison which was commuted to a 5-year suspended imprisonment after being referred to the Court of Appeals.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a reliable source said: “Sedigheh Vasmaghi started that the reason for not attending this hearing was that the judicial process was unrealistic and only Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai was present as the lawyer for this female political activist. After the indictment was read out by the prosecutor’s representative, the trial was postponed to another time.”

On June 3, 2020, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a poetess, writer and political activist living in Tehran, was summoned by the Tehran Revolutionary Court to attend a hearing.

Earlier, branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over Mohammad Moghiseh, issued a lawsuit against Mrs. Vasmaghi sentencing her to a total of 5 years in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime, membership in the committee for the investigation of the victims’ affairs and membership in the Rah-e Omid-e Sabz (the Green Hope Way) coordination council. This case was changed to 5 years of suspended imprisonment after referring to branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals and holding a hearing on May 16, 2018.

This female political activist was summoned to the Tehran Security Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison on October 22, 2017, and was arrested on 1 billion Tomans bail after being charged. She was temporarily released on mentioned bail shortly afterwards.

On October 15, 2017, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, the poetess, writer, Islamic scholar and former member of city council of Tehran was detained at Khomeini Airport for several hours while returning to the country. Mrs. Vasmaghi’s arrest came as she was sentenced in absentia by branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court to 5 years in prison following a complaint by the Ministry of Intelligence agents this political activist.

She was trialled in a 12-minute court presided over judge Moghiseh and was initially granted a bail of 3 billion Tomans.

After that, the amount of the bail was reduced to 1 billion Tomans, but finally with the charge of the court president’s decision, an arrest warrant was issued for her and she was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison.

While abroad, Sedigheh Vasmaghi was sentenced in absentia to 5 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court.

Mrs. Vasmaghi left Iran in 2011 to work as a visiting professor in the department of Islamic studies at Georg August University in Germany.

At the invitation of the Universal of Gottingen in Germany, Vasmaghi went abroad to teach at the University’s department of Islamology in April 2011 and was invited to Sweden after one year. She was a guest author at the cultural and academic city of Upscale and collaborated with the faculty of Law at the University of Uppsala. During this time she published two books.

After completing her last book, despite being invited by several universities for her scientific collaboration, she announced her intention to return to the country and said: “From the beginning, when I came abroad legally, I didn’t intend to stay and after publication of my last book, I will return to Iran.”

The suppression of citizens and the imposition of security charges against them are among the cases violating Human Rights, and is in the line of the repression of Freedom of Speech in Iran, which there is an emphasis on it in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided 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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