Kaleme – Sentencing handed down for the Sarand camp earthquake relief volunteers who were detained by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence and Ministry of Security
The group of citizen volunteers who were detained at the Sarand relief camp in Azerbaijan as they were helping victims in the earthquake stricken area, have been handed their sentences.
According to the Kaleme website, Judge Hamlbar presiding over Branch 1 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court handed down the prison terms at follows:
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki 2 years; Behrooz Alooyeb 2 years & 3 months; Hamid Reza Moseybian 2 years & 6 months; Vahed Khalvasi and Bahram Shojai 2 years each; Farid Rohani, Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, Shayan Vahdati, Masoud Vafabakhsh, Hooman Taheri, Sepehr Saheban, Danial Hassani, Ali Mohammadi, Morteza Esmailpour, Mohammad Arjomandi Rad, Mohammad Esmaeil Salmanpoor, Mohammad Amin Salehi, Mohsen Samei, Milad Panahipour and Amir Ronasi; 6 months each.
The detained relief workers were handed the prison terms on the charge of “assembly and collusion to commit crimes against national security.” Navid Khanjani [who is serving time behind bars for unrelated charges] was not issued a verdict.
On November 19th 2012, per reported by Kaleme, the court proceedings for the volunteers who had been detained in September 2012 while aiding victims in the earthquake stricken area of Azerbaijan, took place at the Tabriz Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Hamlbar.
The Sarand camp volunteers denied all the charges brought against them. In their defense of the allegations they stated that the Tabriz Prosecutor had provided no evidence supporting the claim that any spoiled or contaminated materials were found at the campsite. There were also no reports by the county’s Department of Health to substantiate the charges leveled against the volunteers.