On Monday, September 4, 2023, Azam Gholami Zahab, a resident of Mashhad and one of the detainees of the nationwide uprising, was sentenced to 16 years and 4 months of imprisonment by Judge Hossein Yazdankhah from Branch 5 of the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad.
She has been charged with “gathering and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security,” “anti-regime propaganda activities,” and “arson and communication with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization.”
According to the court reports, her case was heard on August 23, 2023. Judge Hassan Yazdankhah did not allow Ms. Gholami’s lawyer to attend the court session.
Ms. Azam Gholami Zahab, a 35-year-old resident of Mashhad, was arrested in front of her home in Qasemabad, Mashhad, in October 2022 and was transferred to the quarantine of Vakilabad Prison. Without access to a lawyer, she was informed of her charges of collaborating with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization by interrogator Mohsen Gol Mohammad at Branch 904 of Mashhad’s Public and Revolutionary Court. Her release on bail was prevented until the end of the trial. She endured 11 months of uncertainty and physical and psychological torture in Mashhad Prison. Currently, Azam Gholami is held in the women’s ward of Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad.