Political prisoner sentenced to death in NW Iran

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A political prisoner in Urmia Prison, northwestern Iran was sentenced to death by the 2nd Branch of the Revolutionary Court. According to the Human Rights News Agency, Hamed Ghare-Oghlani was detained on June 27 by Urmia Intelligence agents and transferred to Urmia prison on July 16 after interrogation.

In the first part of the case, Ghare-Oghlani was sentenced to death by the 2nd Branch of the Revolutionary Court on charges of “moharebeh” or waging war against God and being a member of the PMOI, a dissident group. In the second part of the case, Ghare-Oghlani was sentenced to 13 years and 3 months of prison by the 3rd Branch of the Urmia Revolutionary Court for attacking Basij headquarters, “spreading propaganda against the state”, “insulting the leader”, and “blasphemy”.

Hamed Ghare-Oghlani worked as an operator for CCTV installation before his arrest. He was a student of computer architecture in Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University before dropping out in 2016 due to financial problems. Ghare-Oghlani tried to retake his exams this year. The young man suffers from epilepsy and does not have regular access to medication in prison. He was also infected with COVID-19 in September.

According to Hamed’s sister, he was also charged with “links to Israel”. She said he was forced to confess to the charges under duress and that there was no evidence supporting the charges.

Source » irannewswire

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