Alireza Farshi Dizjikan, an Azeri activist detained in Evin Prison, called on prison authorities to attend to Evin Prison conditions during the coronavirus pandemic and enforce social distancing measures. He did so in an open letter to the legal deputy of Evin Prison.
Alireza Farshi Dizjikan in his letter revealed the horrible Evin Prison conditions in Ward 8 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Noting international standards and the internationally recognized definition of prison and prisoners, the Azeri activist questioned the authorities’ conduct with regards to the safety of inmates during the pandemic.
Heydar Ghorbani, a Kurdish political prisoner in Iran is facing imminent execution.
On Wednesday, August 5, Branch 27 of Iran’s Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani from the city of Kamyaran in Kuridstan province, western Iran.
The dossier has been transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office in the city of Sanandaj, capital of Kurdistan province, for the execution to be carried out. Heydar Ghorbani, a member of the Kurdish minority community, along with his brother-in-law Mahmoud Sadeqi, were arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) back in 2016 and immediately transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison. They were accused of cooperation in the killing of several members of the Revolutionary Guard and membership in the outlawed Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK).
Political prisoner Majid Assadi as well as Mohammad Bannazadeh Amirkhizi, and Payam Shakiba continue to be under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 of Evin Prison.
They were transferred from Rajaei Shahr Prison in Karaj (a.k.a. Gohardasht) to Ward 209 of Evin Prison two weeks ago on July 22, and they are still under interrogation for a new case opened against them while they were in jail.
Fatemeh Vakili, Majid Assadi’s mother, said the Judiciary had issued a letter indicating that political prisoner Majid Assadi was going to be freed after 3.5 years in jail on July 20, 2020.
Iran’s official Judiciary news agency announced that Mostafa Salehi, a young man arrested for participating in late 2017 and early 2018 protests was hanged at dawn today in a prison in Isfahan, central Iran.
Mostafa Salehi was one of the protesters arrested during the nationwide protests in 2017-18 in the city of Kahrizsang, in Isfahan province.
He was tried in the 1st Branch of the Isfahan Penal Court and was charged with killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards using a hunting rifle during the protests, and beating and injuring six other people, the judiciary’s Mizan News Agency reported.
Sunday, July 19, 2020, was Day 2 of the Free Iran Global Summit and the virtual international conference titled, “The 1988 Massacre, A Crime Against Humanity, Remains Unpunished 32 Years After,” held at Ashraf-3, Albania. Prominent lawyers and political personalities, including distinguished female members of European parliaments and former political prisoners and witnesses to the 1988 massacre, addressed the summit. Two female members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who had been witnesses to the 1988 massacre, were the first speakers at the virtual international conference.
Iran Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of five men who were arrested by security forces during the December 2017 and January 2018 protests.
The names of the five people whose death sentences have been upheld by the Supreme Court in Isfahan are Mehdi Salehi Ghale Shahrokhi, Mohammad Bastami, Majid Nazari Kondori, Hadi Kiani and Abbas Mohammadi.
Some sources say each of the men has received two death sentences for the charges of “waging war against God” and “Baghi (taking arms against the government)”. This cames nearly one month after the Head of the Justice Department of Isfahan Province on 26 June said eight individuals were sentenced for “corruption on earth”, a charge carrying the death sentence according to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code.
Three Iranian political prisoners face new charges that could keep them in prison for a longer-term.
Majid Assadi, Mohammad Bannazadeh Amirkhizi and Payam Shakiba imprisoned at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj were summoned to the Evin prison prosecutor’s office today and were told that new charges had been brought against them while they were in prison.
The three political prisoners have been charged with “propaganda activities against the regime” and returned to prison.
The police chief in Behbahan, on Friday, vowed to deal “decisively” with further protests, a day after security forces fired teargas to disperse protests in the southwestern city of Behbahan.
The city’s police announced in an official statement on Friday that they will decisively deal with the protests.
Speaking to the official news agency IRNA on Friday 17 July, Behbahan Police Chief Mohammad Azizi said that “Vigilantly refrain from any gathering that could be a pretext for the counter-revolutionary movement,” adding they would “deal decisively” with the protests.
Iran executed two Kurdish Inmates on Tuesday in the central prison of Urmia despite serious concerns that they were tortured into making bogus confessions.
The two prisoners, Diako Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah who were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad for “enmity against God” and being members of of the Komala, a banned Iranian Kurdish group based in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.
They were transferred to solitary confinement on Monday in preparation for their execution.