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Shahriar Shams arrested for enduring imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, July 6, 2020 / After referring to branch 1 of the Law Enforcement Office in Tehran Security Court, Shahriar Shams, one of the detainees of the protests in January 2017, was arrested and transferred to the quarantine ward of Evin Prison to serve his sentence.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, July 5, 2020, Shahriar Shams, a resident of Tehran and one of the detainees of the protesting rallies in January 2017, was arrested after referring to branch 1 of the Law Enforcement Office in Tehran Security Court, headed by Mohammad Mehdi Boraeh and transferred to the quarantine ward of Evin Prison to serve his sentence.

As reported, Shahriar Shams was arrested following a summons sent by the mentioned branch on June 30, 2020, to serve his 4 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison.

Shahriar Shams was arrested by security forces in Tehran during a protesting rally in June 2017. After being transferred to the detention center of the security forces and intensive interrogation process and being charged, and enduring 10 days in solitary confinement, he was released on bail.

With the beginnings of the proceedings and the referral of Shahriar Shams’s case to branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, he was sentenced by Abolghassem Salavati to 6 years in prison. The sentence was reduced to 4 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison after the case referred to branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals, chaired by Ahmad Zargar.

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

Arrest of persons without recognizing the charges at the time of arrest and impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused are among the violations of international human rights instruments, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16,1966.

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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