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.



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