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Conviction of Shahram Safari, a journalist living in Kermanshah to imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – Today, Tuesday, June 16th 2020, branch 101 of the 2nd Criminal Court in Kermanshah, issued a lawsuit condemning Shahram Safari, a journalist and the director of Ravij Press Telegram channel to 91 days in prison. This media activist is awaiting a court ruling on two other cases.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today, Tuesday, May 16th 2020, Shahram Safari, a journalist and the director of Ravij Press Telegram channel, residing in Kermanshah was collectively sentenced by branch 101 the 2nd Criminal Court in this county to 91 days in prison on charges of dissemination falsehoods and disturbing the public opinion. The hearing on the case of this media activist was held on June 10th (2020). This journalist is awaiting the issuance and statement of sentences for two other cases on charges of dissemination of falsehoods and disturbing the public opinion.

According to a well-informed source in an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran: “In a hearing court held on April 17th 2020 and June 10th 2020, Shahram Safari was trialled by branch 101 of the 2nd Criminal Court in Kermanshah on charges of dissemination of falsehoods, disturbing the public opinion, and causing the people to be cynical about the clergy community and the Center for the Management of the Islamic Seminary of Qom through publishing statistics related to those contracted coronavirus. Because of his lack of previous conviction he was sentenced to 91 days in prison after being acquitted of publishing statistics on coronavirus infections, according to a complaint from the University of Medical Sciences.”

The credible source added: “Following a complaint by one of the security organizations on the charge of dissemination falsehoods and disturbing the public opinion, Shahram Safari has been tried by branch 102 of the 2nd Criminal Court of Kermanshah and is awaiting the announcement of the verdict by the primitive court.”

On April 13th 2020, Shahram Safari after being summoned to the Kermanshah Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office was charged with “dissemination falsehoods” and “disturbing the public opinion”, however, he was temporarily released on a bail of 60 million Tomans up to the completion of court proceedings.

The suppression of cyberspace and social media activists 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.

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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