Recently freed political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi faces additional prison term

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Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was freed on bail from Evin Prison, on April 8, 2019 but she may have to serve more time behind bars depending on the outcome of another case against her.

Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested on September 6, 2014 by the IRGC for writing against stoning to death; She had been serving a six-year prison sentence since October 2016 primarily for the piece that was never published.

She was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on April 8, 2019, after posting bail set at 60 million tomans.

She was threatened to execution several times during her interrogation, was deprived of medical treatment time and again and was battered and treated inhumanely.

It is not clear why she was released at this time but she could be incarcerated again if found guilty in a case brought against her and political prisoner Atena Daemi by the director of Evin Prison, Ali Chaharmahali.

Golrokh Iraee went on a 81-day hunger strike on Febbuary 3, 2018 along with her cell-mate, political prisoner Atena Daemi, after their violent transfer to the notorious Qarchak Prison in Varamin on January 24, 2018. This was a breach of the separation of the prisoners’ categories.

Iraee’s husband, civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi, has been serving a 15-year prison sentence for his peaceful political activities since 2016.

He underwent a biopsy in June 2018 and was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that causes bone tumors.

Referring to the injustice prevailed at Iran’s judicial system, Amnesty International said: “As a prisoner of conscience, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee should never have been forced to spend a single minute behind bars – let alone nearly 30 months. She is the victim of Iran’s deeply unfair judicial system which criminalizes the courageous work of human rights defenders.”

The organisation called on Iranian authorities to provide her reparations for the suffering they have inflicted upon her and other human rights advocate prisoners.

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