Iran: Another Human Rights Lawyer Serves Heaviest Sentence

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ICBHR– Iranian human rights lawyer, Amirsalar Davoudi, who has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and 111 lashes, is serving his prison term at Tehran notorious Evin prison.

Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court issued the verdict on the bogus charges of “establishment group for regime change”, “partnership with hostile states”, “propaganda against the regime”, “spreading false news”, and “insulting the Supreme Leader and officials”.

Branch 15 of the Islamic court lashed out the sentence on alleged charges stemming from his human rights work.

According to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, Amirsalar must serve 15 years of his prison sentence. (Based on Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, the charge with the highest penalty will be taken into account).

human rights lawyer was arrested in his office on Tuesday 20 November, 2018 and has been detained in the prison with extremely limited access to his family and lawyer. He was transferred to public ward after enduring harsh interrogation for about 190 days.

He was interrogated in detention by security agents without a lawyer present, and was convicted and sentenced in his absence.

The jailed lawyer had been on hunger strike in protest ate the officials’refusal to grant him prison leave.

On 12 February, in an open letter from prison, Amirsalar Davoudi explained the reasons for his hunger strike, saying that, since his arrest, he had spent a prolonged period in solitary confinement, which would amount to torture or other ill-treatment. The letter was written to head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi.

“I would rather die standing than live on my knees!”, he wrote in another open letter to Iranian people.

“This shockingly harsh sentence is an outrageous injustice. Amirsalar Davoudi is blatantly being punished for his work defending human rights”, said Philip Luther, MENA Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International

“Setting up a Telegram channel to expose human rights violations is not a crime”, declared Amnesty International. He is well known for representing human rights activists and other individuals detained for their social and political activities, according to the rights group.

Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, repeatedly criticizes the outrage human rights situation in the country and has called the Islamic authorities to quash the unjust verdicts and cruel sentences.

At least 1,000 years prison term and more than 1,500 lashes were penalized towards Iranian dissidents and activists for expressing freedoms of expression, only in the first six months of Raisi’s presidency.

Soheila Hejab is another human rights lawyer, who was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The Islamic court issued the heaviest sentence against Soheila on the bogus charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, “disturbing public opinion”, “establishing groups to defend women’s rights”, “asking referendum to change the constitution”, say rights groups.

Another reformist lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh also is serving her 17 years imprisonment in Evin prison.

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