Detained Iranian protesters sentenced to prison and lashes

The Sentences of 11 detainees arrested in the Shazand County during the large demonstrations in Iran at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, issued by the judge Mohammad Reza Abdollahi of the Arak Revolutionary Court, are as below:

  • Mohammad Najafi, lawyer, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to 3 years behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Kian Sadegh, the legal representative of Sepah Bank of Shazand, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’ and ‘spreading falsehoods, sentenced to 3 years behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Abbas Safari, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’ and ‘spreading falsehoods’, sentenced to 3 years behind bars and 74lashes.

Abbas Safari, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’ and ‘spreading falsehoods’, sentenced to 3 years behind bars and 74lashes.

  • Ali Bagheri, married, employee, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, ‘spreading falsehoods’ and ‘insulting the SSF head in social media’, sentenced to 3 years and a hald behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Behzad Alibhakhshi, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Mohammad Yaghoubi charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Yousof Shiri lord, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Davoud Rahimi, married, worker, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Masoud Ajloo, married, cook, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Mohammad Torabi, married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.
  • Neda Yousefi married, charged with ‘disturbing public opinion’, sentenced to one year behind bars and 74lashes.

At the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, Iran saw the largest demonstrations since the 2009 presidential election. On Dec. 28, protests broke out in the northern city of Mashhad, spurred at first by concern over the country’s stunted economy and the high prices of basic goods like eggs, which saw a 40 percent jump in price.

Iranian authorities blocked access to social media and messaging apps that would allow demonstrators to organize. Nearly 8,000 people were arrested during Iran’s bloody month of protest.

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