Committee of Human Rights Reporters – The appellate court has upheld the 5-year prison sentence in exile at Zabol forKouhyar Goudarzi, human rights activist and member of CHRR. Dr. Alizadeh Tabatabai in an interview with Committee of Human Rights Reporters confirmed this news and said the sentence for Kouhyar Goudarzi has been upheld.
Alizadeh Tabatabai said in regards to the case file of Kouhyar Goudarzi, “The judge in charge, Mr. Pourarab said after carefully reviewing the case he would suggest an acquittal. After the month of Ramadan when I followed up on this case, I noticed that the sentence was upheld and the judge in charge said his suggestion for an acquittal was not accepted. Two other judges reviewed the case file and they also recommended an acquittal based on their findings. But despite the findings of the judges and my protests, the prison sentence was upheld because unfortunately the Ministry of Intelligence is very sensitive to this case file.”
Kouhyar Goudarzi, blogger, activist and member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters was detained in Tehran on July 31, 2011 and spent over 50 days in solitary confinement. He had no contact with family for 3 months after which he was able to call and he was denied any visitation with family until the day he was released. After being held for 8 months in ward 209 of Evin prison, Kouhyar Goudarzi was released on bail of 100 million tomans ($200,000).
In 2010 while blogger and human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi was incarcerated, he was awarded the prestigious Freedom of the Press prize from the National Press Club.