Monthly Archives: July 2012

One and a half year prison sentence implemented for activist Dr. Hesam Firouzi

Madyar Samienejad

Human rights activist Dr. Hesam Firouzi was transferred to Evin prison to serve his one and a half year prison sentence.

Hesam Firouzi was summoned by the Enforcement Unit to serve his sentence several weeks ago despite the fact that Dr. Firouzi had not been notified of the appellate court ruling for his case.

During the preliminary court hearing, Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court had sentenced Dr. Firouzi to 8 years in prison on the charges of “acting against national security, disturbing the public order, propaganda against the regime, gathering and collusion against the regime.”

The evidence used in the case against Dr. Firouzi stemmed from the fact that the physician had come to the aid of injured protestors during the unrest following the contested presidential elections of 2009.

Dr. Hesam Firouzi, human rights activist and blogger, was detained on March 3, 2012 along with scores of other activists. He was held in Ward 2A of Evin prison, which is under the jurisdiction of the IRGC.

He was severely tortured while being investigated in order to extract a false televised confession on the state run Seda Sima broadcast station.

On June 18, 2010, after enduring 107 days behind bars, he was released on a 100-million toman bail, which converted to about $100,000 at the time.

Dr. Firouzi has been arrested several times during the past years because of his humanitarian activities as a physician. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2009 and was released in May of that year after completing his sentence behind bars.



Hossein Ronaghi Maleki released on $500,000 bail

After spending 32 months behind bars Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released moments ago on a bail of $500,000.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist who was arrested during the period of unrest following  the contested political elections of 2009, was released on medical furlough after enduring 32 months of his 15-year prison sentence behind bars.

Two weeks ago Hossein had been transferred back to Ward 350 of Evin prison a week after undergoing another surgery for his kidneys despite doctor’s recommendations to spend a longer time in the hospital for a safe recovery.

This blogger and Human Rights activist has to date spent 2.5 years behind bars in Evin prison with no furlough. He was arrested on December 13, 2009 in the city of Melkan located near Tabriz and was immediately transferred to Ward 2A in Evin Prison [under control of IRGC]. He was held in solitary confinement for 10 months and subjected to intense psychological abuse and physical tortures in efforts to coerce him into making a false televised confession. Finally Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki a 15-year prison sentence.


Hossein Ronaghi