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Abdolreza Ghanbari’s death sentence commuted to 10 years

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – The sentence for Abolreza Ghanbari that had been commuted to 15 years in prison exile at Borazjan was reduced again at the Appellate Court Branch 54 to 10 years in exile.

According to CHRR, Abdolreza Ghanbari is among those arrested on December 27, 2009 (Ashura88) in his place of work after the massive street protests. He was subjected to severe torture during his interrogations and unexpectedly put on trial on January 30, 2010 without the knowledge of his family or lawyer. He was charged with “moharebeh” (enmity with God) stemming from alleged relations with MEK (Mujahedin party) and sentenced to death.

Abdolreza Ghanbari has 16 years of teaching experience in Persian literature and has written research papers in this field. He has spent the last 3.5 years behind bars mostly on death row. Ghanbari is a resident of the poverty-stricken Pakdasht County where he was a teacher at a local school.

According to his sister during a phone call from her residence in Paris, Abdolreza Ghanbari who is father to a daughter and a son was first put on trial at Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati and sentenced to death. He was accused of “participating in the street protests on Ashura,” and “contact with enemy groups.” During his short trial the evidence presented were “suspicious emails,” and “contact with a media outlet outside the country.” On May 10, 2011, Abdolreza Ghanbari’s death sentence was upheld by Branch 36 of Tehran Appeals Court presided by Judge Zargar and a request for a pardon was denied on February 28 2012. At that time there were fears of his imminent execution. After extensive efforts on the part of his family, in the past year the death sentence for Abdolreza Ghanbari was commuted to 15 years in exile at Barzjan prison. Branch 54 of the Appellate Court recently reduced his prison sentence to 10 year behind bars without exile. Abodoreza Ghanbari is serving his sentence at Evin prison.

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کاهش حکم عبدالرضا قنبری معلم زندانی از اعدام به ۱۰ سال حبس

 

Abdolreza Ghanbari


Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam member Mohammad Bagher Moradi handed 5-year prison sentence

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Mohammad Bagher Moradi who was among the group of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam detained writers was sentenced to five years in prison.

According to CHRR, Mohammad Bagher Moradi was informed via a phone call that Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir-Abassi had issued him a 5-year prison sentence on the charge of “illegal gathering and collusion against national security.”

Members of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Writer’s Association) have been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and subjected to continued threats and pressures. Akbar Amini Armaki was summoned a few days ago along with others who do not want their names to be disclosed.

Mohammad Bagher Moradi was among a group of writers who were detained on October 30, 2012 when security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members. Most were later released but 17 members with Mehdi Khazali among them were transferred to Evin prison. Agents detained Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi later. Mehdi Khazali remains behind bars in Ward 209 of Evin prison.

With the prison sentence issued to Mohammad Bagher Moradi, so far a total of 21 years in prison has been handed down to the writers with a total of 15 years of being barred from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

The sentences are as follows:

Akbar Amini – 5 years in prison; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Peyman Zafarmand – 3 years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Mohammad Parsi – 3 years in prison; 2 years on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security via the Internet,” and one year on the charge of “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court issued the sentences for Akbar Amini, Peyman Zafarmand and Mohammad Parsi.

Mohammad Reza Ahmadi – 4 years in prison; 3 years on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security, and one year from a previous suspended sentence that he must now serve. Judge Ahmadi presiding over Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court issued the sentence.

Mohsen Ghashghayizadeh – 2 years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security” handed down by Judge Pir-Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.

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صدور پنج سال حبس تعزیری برای محمد باقر مرادی، از بازداشت شدگان سرای اهل قلم

Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam member Mohammad Bagher Moradi handed 5-year prison sentence

Mohammad Bagher Moradi


Akbar Amini summoned by phone to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Akbar Amini, member of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) has been summoned by phone to appear at the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence.

According to CHRR, this Green Movement activist is required to appear at the Intelligence Ministry on Monday May 20th while no reason was given for the summons order.

On April 16th, Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed Akbar Amini a 5-year prison sentence; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet. A one-year suspended term from a previous sentencing was also enforced, requiring him to spend a total of 6 years in prison.

Akbar Amini was among a group of writers who were detained on October 30, 2012 when security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members. Most were later released but 17 members were transferred to Evin prison.

On February 14, 2011 (25 Bahman), when Akbar Amini climbed on top of a crane and waved a green cloth in an act of protest, he was violently arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry.

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Akbar Amini summoned by phone to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence

احضار تلفنی اکبر امینی ارمکی به وزارت اطلاعات

Akbar Amini


Eleven years total prison time for 3 writers of Saryae Ahl-e Ghalam

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – The Tehran Revolutionary court presided by Judge Salavati informed 3 writers from Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam of their sentences per phone.

According to CHRR, Akbar Amini was handed a 5-year prison sentence; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet. A one-year suspended term from a previous sentencing was also enforced, requiring him to spend a total of 6 years in prison.

Pejman Zafarmand was handed a 3-year prison sentence on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Mohammad Parsi was handed a 3-year prison sentence; 2 years on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security via the Internet,” and one year on the charge of “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

On October 30, 2012, Security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members who were present at the meeting. Most of them were later released but security agents transferred 17 members in a police van to Evin prison. Agents detained Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi later.

Mehdi Khazali remains behind bars in Ward 209 of Evin prison and continues his hunger strike in protest of the his illegal arrest and mistreatment of prisoners. Other members of Sarye Ahl-e Ghalam have recently been summoned to appear in court to face their chages.

صدور ۱۱ سال حبس برای سه نفر از بازداشت شدگان سرای اهل قلم

Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam


Mohammad Bagher Moradi summoned to Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Mohammad Bagher Moradi, who was among the detained group from Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers), has been summoned to appear at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.

According to CHRR, on Tuesday April 16, Mohammad Bagher Moradi was contacted by phone and the warrant to appear in court was delivered to him. Per order of the warrant, he is summoned to appear to face charges against him on April 24th at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi.

Four other writers from the detained group of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam have faced their charges in court. On April 9th Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh faced his charges at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi, and Mohammad Parsi faced his charges at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati. On Monday April 14, Pejman Zafarmand faced charges brought against him at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi and on Tuesday April 15, Akbar Amini faced his charges at Branch 27 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati.

On October 30, 2012, security forces conducted a raid at a gathering of writers at Saray Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and detained close to 70 members. Most of them were later released and 17 writers including Mehdi Khazali were transferred by van to Evin prison. Two others named Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi were detained in separate encounters and were also transferred to Evin prison by security agents.

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Mohammad Bagher Moradi summoned to Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court

 

Mohammad Bagher Moradi


Akbar Amini and Pejman Zafarmand summoned to court

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Green activists Akbar Amini and Pejman Zafarmand, who were among the detained group from the raid on Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers), have been summoned to appear at the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

According to CHRR, on Monday April 14, Pejman Zafarmand will face charges brought against him at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi and on Tuesday April 15, Akbar Amini will face his charges at Branch 27 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati.

On April 9, two other members of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam, Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh and Mohammad Parsi faced their charges in courts presided by Judge Salavati and Judge Pir Abassi. On March 14, another member of the group, Ahmad Reza Ahmadi was summoned to face charges brought against him in Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Ahmadzadeh.

On October 30, 2012, security forces conducted a raid at a gathering of writers at Saray Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and detained close to 70 members. Most of them were later released and 17 writers including Mehdi Khazali were transferred by van to Evin prison. Two others named Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi were detained in separate encounters and were also transferred to Evin prison by security agents.

CHRR  Akbar Amini and Pejman Zafarmand summoned to court

Akbar Amini & Pejman Zafarman


Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh and Mohammad Parsi faced their charges in court

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Green activists Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh and Mohammad Parsi, who were among the detained group from Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers), went to court to face the charges against them on Tuesday April 9th.

According to news provided to CHRR, on March 9th Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh and Mohammad Parsi who had been released on bail were verbally summoned to appear in court. On April 9th Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh faced his charges at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi, and Mohammad Parsi faced his charges at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati. They were verbally told that they would be summoned to appear in court again for their sentencing.

On October 30, 2012, these two Green activists were imprisoned with others at Evin prison’s security ward and endured harsh interrogations on accusations of acting against national security.

During the raid of the gathering of writers at Saray Ahl-e Ghalam, security agents detained close to 70 individuals. Most of them were later released and 17 writers including Mehdi Khazali were transferred by van to Evin prison. Two others named Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi were detained in separate encounters and were also transferred to Evin prison by security agents. Per his family, Mehdi Khazali who remains in custody in Evin prison continues his hunger strike in protest of his arrest and illegal detainment.

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Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh and Mohammad Parsi faced their charges in court

Mohsen Ghashghaizadeh & Mohammad Parsi