Iran: Political prisoner released after serving five years behind bars

Akbari Monfared

After enduring five years behind bars without even one day of leave, political prisoner Reza Akbari Monfared was released from Rajaei Shahr Prison.

Four of Reza Akbari Monfared’s siblings were murdered by the Iranian regime during the 1980s and the 1988 massacre. Maryam Akbari Monfard, another sister, is currently held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

The former political prisoner, has written an open letter condemning the actions of the Justice Minister who served on the death committee during the period.

His family was denied the ability to bury their relatives or hold a public memorial service. During a private funeral at their house, security agents raided and took many mourners prisoner including Akbari Monfared’s mother, who passed away later due to stress and heartache caused by the deaths of her loved ones.

Akbari Monfared, has states that he doesn’t fear the regime because they can’t subject him to that much more. He said: “We don’t have any fear of being executed, and by sacrificing our lives we proudly declare these massacres and crimes have nothing to do with Islam and our prophet.”