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Ali Nourizad summoned to serve his Prison sentence

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / Branch 1 of the Tehran Security Court sent a statement summoning Ali Nourizad, son of Mohammad Nourizad, to serve a prison sentence.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Ali Nourizad, son of Mohammad Nourizad, a resident of Tehran, was summoned on Monday, August 10, 2020, by branch 1 of the Tehran Security Court to Evin Prison to serve a 3 years and 6 months in prison.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a source close to Ali Nourizad said: “This summons was announced while the prisoners inside the country’s prisons are suffering from the outbreak of corona virus and the health condition of the prisoners is not being properly cared for, and according to the notification issued on Monday evening this week, within 5 days, Ali must report himself to Mohammad Mehdi Boraeh, a judge in branch 1 of the Evin Prison court, in order to serve his sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison.”

Ali Nourizad was tried on April 21, 2020, by branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Iman Afshari, on charges of assembly and collusion to commit a crime against national security by participating in December 2019 rallies, propaganda activities against the regime, and insulting the leadership (Ali Khamenei), which resulted in 4 years and 2 months imprisonment and 2 years deprivation of membership in political parties and groups. This sentence was confirmed in the Tehran Court of Appeals and by applying Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, a sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison will be imposed on this citizen.

Ali Nourizad, a resident of Tehran, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards plainclothes on January 11, 2020, in Tehran, during a protest rally against the downing of a Ukrainian PS 752 passenger plane. After being interrogated in security ward 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence and charged, this citizen was temporarily released from detention after 19 days in solitary confinement, on a bail of 850 million Tomans on February 2, 2020, pending trial.

Holding protest rallies without carrying weapons is one of the rights enshrined in Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution, which the Government of the Islamic Republic claims to enforce. However, the different interpretations that the security organs make in their favor and in order to create restrictions and repression of Iranian citizens, provide the ground for these repressions with security measures.

The denial of access to a lawyer at the time of detention and during interrogation violates 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.

The enjoyment of a fair trial is also one of the inalienable rights enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vague and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the principle of freedom of expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.
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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