Human Rights House of Iran – Imprisoned journalist Isa Saharkhiz says the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the single decision maker for all of the political prisoners’ sentences in the show trials.
Isa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist, was sentenced to 3 years in jail, is prohibited from leaving the country for one year, and he is also barred from involvement with the press or engaging in any political activities for 5 years.
Isa’s son, Mehdi Saharkhiz discussed his father’s objection to the charges against him.
“My father said that he has no intention to appeal. He said that the sentencing comes directly from Mr. Khamenei who is the principal decision maker. The judiciary has no real power. Therefore the appeals courts and all the courts that are in session now have no purpose besides being show trials, and my father has no desire to take part in any more of them. He would like us to publicize his complaints since the judiciary is powerless and only serves as a tool for implementing Khamenei’s requests.”
According to Radio Zamaneh, Mehdi spoke of his father’s lawsuit against Nokia Siemens. Isa Saharkhiz has accused the company of selling surveillance equipment to the government of Iran, resulting in the arrest of many political activists in the country. Mehdi said that the complaint has been filed and is now in the administrative phase. He is anticipating that Nokia will probably claim the case has no merit, but he is hoping it makes it to trial.
Mehdi commented about Ahmadinejad’s recent visit at the UN. Ahmadinejad said that there is absolute freedom in Iran. “Ahmadinejad came here and said that there is complete freedom in Iran and nobody is in jail because of their beliefs. This proves that Mr. Ahmadinejad is the biggest liar in Iranian history and he just continues to lie. He actually thinks that people believe his lies. Unfortunately the situation in Iran is such, that one day, Ahmadinejad himself will end up in jail because he objected to something.”
The news of Isa Sharkhiz’s sentencing came on Monday, September 27, 2010. Saharkhiz was arrested in July 2009 after the disputed presidential elections and has been in prison ever since.