Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Behzad Arabgol, war veteran, presidential campaign activist and Ashura detainee, was transferred to Evin prison today April 30th, to serve his 4-year prison sentence.
According to CHRR, this Green movement activist and Iran-Iraq war veteran who still carries shrapnel in his body from the war, was arrested during the Ashura protests following the disputed presidential elections in 2009, and endured 6 months behind bars in Evin prison under difficult conditions and harsh interrogations.
This Green activist who has never used his veterinary benefits, was handed a 6-year prison sentence by Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court: five years on the charge of “illegal gathering,” and one year on the charge of “mutiny.” The sentence was later commuted to a total of 4 years in prison by the court of appeals.
Following several intimidating visits by agents to his home, in March 2010 Behzad Arabgol presented himself at the Ministry of Intelligence in order to spare his family from further harassment. He was held in solitary confinement in Evin prison for extended periods of time and faced intense interrogations before being released on 100 million Tomans bail on July 7, 2010.
Behzad Arabgol is a father to a 4.5-year old and a 7-year old, and supported his family through his job as a construction worker.