Dervish activists sentenced to long prison sentence

Typography
Mohammad SharifMohammad Sharifi Moghaddam, Gonabadi Dervish and one of the collaborators of Majzooban Noor, a website affiliated with Gonabadi Dervish minority, has been sentenced to a twelve-year prison sentence, 74 lashes, two-year exile in a remote city, a two-year ban on leaving the country and a two-year ban from all political and social-media activity.


The verdict was issued in absentia by judge Salavati, the head of the Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.
Mohammad Sharifi was charged with “assembly and collusion against national security”, “disrupting public order”, “propaganda against the establishment”, and “defying the police”.

In his verdict mentioned that “The defendant has been present at all incidents and gatherings of the cult (Gonabadi Dervish order) from the beginning and in no way expressed regret about that. He constantly blames the Officials for the incident (Golestan Seventh).”

Since 19 February, Mr. Sharifi Moghaddam had been kept at Greater Tehran Prison in Fashafouyeh.

Gonabadi Dervishes who had been arrested during the February clashes between Gonabadi Dervishes and security and Basij (the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ militia) forces, have been recently tried.

Earlier this month, Kasra Nouri, another journalist and Majzooban-i Nour’s reporter has been sentenced to a twelve-year prison sentence, 74 lashes, two-year exile in a remote city and deprived of all social rights. The verdict was issued in absentia by the notorious judge, Mashaullah Ahmadzadeh, the head of Branch 26, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

Mostafa Abdi, a contributor to the Sufi news website was sentenced to 26 years behind bars, 148 lashes, two years exiled to Sistan and Baluchistan and two years of “social restrictions.”

Tehran Revolutionary court also sentenced news editor Reza Entesari to seven years in prison, 74 lashes, two years of exile in the northeastern city of Khaf, a two-year ban on leaving the country and a two-year ban on political and media activity.

The violence erupted during a February demonstration by members of the Gonabadi order, known as dervishes, who were protesting the arrest of members of their community, as well as rumours that their leader would soon be arrested.

Police special units supported by plainclothesmen attacked the protesters and battered dozens of dervishes.

Hundreds were arrested. Footage of dervishes with head injuries and broken teeth and jaws were widely circulated on social media.
While suffering physically, many of the detainees were taken to prisons and kept in unbearable conditions in solitary confinement, according to social media reports and images. The detained dervishes were tried behind closed doors without access to lawyers.

 

ICFTO Newsletter

 

Contribution

Please consider supporting our efforts.

Amount:

Online conference on Iran's 1988 massacre

Online conference on Iran's 1988 massacre

Ex-Tehran University President urges Iran’s youths to protest against dictatorship

Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Chancellor of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution and a former Iranian political prisoner, has from his home in Tehran sent a message to the youths in Iran to “rise up and protest” against the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

Maryam Rajavi's Speech at conference with British MPs

Iran regime broadcasts video to recruit children for Syria war

The Iranian regime, has embarked on a new propaganda campaign to encourage children to join the war in Syria.

Basiji

Iran regime airs propaganda clip to recruit Afghans to fight in Syria

Iran regime airs propaganda clip to recruit Afghans to fight in Syria

Maryam Rajavi meets UK Church Leaders

Maryam Rajavi meets with two UK Church leaders, Bishops John Pritchard & Adrian Newman

Priests Meet Maryam Rajavi