Iran jails law student for social media posts critical of state policy

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Amir Chamani, a law student at Payam Noor University of Tabriz and civil rights activist was arrested by security forces at his workplace and was taken to Tabriz Central Prison in northwest Iran on December 17, 2018.

He had been sentenced to six months behind bars on September 1, 2018 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Tabriz whose name is on a UK sanctions list for issuing harsh sentences against numerous peaceful activists in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province.

The Appeals Court upheld his six-month prison sentence for posts on social media about political and economic issues.

According to Chamani’s Lawyer Abbas Jamali, the civil rights activist was detained without the attoreny’s knowledge and taken to Tabriz prison in connection with the six-month sentence he received following his arrest in late May 2018. He was also charged with “insulting the Supreme Leader,” for which he was fortunately not found guilty, but the Appeals Court upheld the sentence for “spreading propaganda against the state and in favor of opposition groups” despite our objection.

In July 2012 the first Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, had sentenced Mr. Chamani to six months behind bars for “insulting the leader and founder of the regime” and three months behind bars for “spreading propaganda against the state.”

Amir Chamani served served in Tabriz Central Prison until his release on October 3, 2013.

The Branch 104 of the Criminal Court in Tabriz sentenced him to 40 lashes for “insulting the president,” which was carried out on June 5, 2013.

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