Iran sentences two political prisoners to 20 years behind bars

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Two political prisoners were each sentenced to 10 years in prison and exile by the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

The Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, has sentenced Vahid Bani Amerian and Pouya Ghobadi to a total of 20 years in prison and exile.

According to the verdict Vahid Bani Amerian and Pouya Ghobadi have been sentenced each to 10 years in prison for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The first session of the trial of the two political prisoners was held in October. Mr. Ghobadi and Mr. Bani Amerian were separately sent to this branch in November and December, respectively, but their lawyers had requested a retrial due to some defects in their cases.

Pouya Ghobadi and Vahid Bani Amerian were arrested in March 2019. They were detained in solitary confinement, tortured and interrogated in Ward 209 of Evin Prison for three months. Due to the pressures, Pouya Ghobadi had bloody discharge for one month and had become very weak.

He was subsequently transferred to Ward 4 of Evin and then sent to exile to the Great Tehran Penitentiary in mid-2019.

Mr. Ghobadi was first arrested in March 2018 and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for propaganda and assembly and collusion against the state.

Then in September 2020, he was arrested again along with Vahid Bani Amerian and charged with “acting against national security through membership and effective collaboration with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran”, “propaganda against the state”, “destruction of public property”, and “assembly and collusion to act against national security.”

Mr. Ghobadi was transferred from Evin Prison to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary in November 2019. Mr. Bani Amerian is being held in Ward 4 of Evin Prison.

Source » iran-hrm

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