Today, on Monday August 21, 2023, a court session was held in Branch 7 of the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad to address the charges against Atekeh Rajabi, a trade union activist and teacher.
Atekeh Rajabi, who had previously been dismissed from her job due to her support for the nationwide protests in 2022-2023, has been summoned to the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad for the third time within the past month. The court did not provide the activist teacher, Atekeh Rajabi, with the opportunity and time to review the indictment and did not issue a summons for her presence in the court session.
This unlawful procedure by the courts, in dealing with defendants, is not a new phenomenon, and in practice, the judges of these courts have taken on the roles of both the prosecutor and the security apparatus simultaneously.
Based on the report, on Sunday, August 20, 2023, Branch 7 of the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad had summoned the trade union activist and teacher, Atekeh Rajabi, to appear at the court on Monday, August 21, 2023, through a telephone call with her guarantor.
Furthermore, it is noted that on May 9, 2023, she was detained by security forces in Mashhad shortly after leaving home to participate in a gathering of teachers’ protests.
She was arrested outside the Education Department of Khorasan Razavi Province and immediately transferred to an undisclosed location. Since the day of her arrest, this courageous teacher had gone on a dry hunger strike in protest against her unlawful detention.
On May 13, 2023, Atekeh Rajabi was released from Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad after posting a bail of one billion and five hundred million Iranian rials.
Atekeh Rajabi has written multiple notes addressing various issues such as the lack of facilities in schools in deprived areas, students being vulnerable to child marriage, the detention of teachers, attacks on schools during nationwide protests, and more.
Atekeh Rajabi, a teacher at Abuzar Elementary School located in one of the villages of Mashhad, was expelled from the Education Department of Khorasan Razavi Province on January 5, 2023, due to her support for the nationwide protests in 2022.