Iran sentences political prisoner to death for supporting the PMOI/MEK

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Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on Sunday sentenced four men affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to prison and death.

The branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court headed by notorious judge, Mohammad Moghiseh, has sentenced 34-year-old Abdullah Ghasempour to death and eight years behind bars on the charges including “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.”

The court said that Abdullah Ghasempour had set fire to a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij base affiliated to the terrorist-designated IRGC, filmed the event and sent it to the MEK media.

Three other men, Mohammad Hossein Ghasempour (Abdullah’s brother), 32, Alireza Habibian, 30, and Akbar Dalir, 34, were sentenced to five years and a half in prison each for “assembly and collusion.”
The trio have curently been held in Ward 4 of Tehran’s Evin Prison.

All the four had been arrested on May 21, 2018, in Tehran and were transferred to Evin Prison. They were kept in a state of limbo for nearly a year before being tried.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, the coalition which includes the MEK , in a statement issued on May 17, 2019, announced the names of 11 arrestees in late April.

The NCRI said: “The transfer of Hash al-Shabi forces from Iraq to the flood-hit areas, launching night patrols and “neighborhood-based security patrols”, called the Razavioun, and the new wave of arrests throughout the country, especially among the supporters of the MEK , are part of the repressive measures of religious fascism to prevent popular uprisings. “

This comes after Iran’s intelligence officials announced that dozens of the PMOI supporters were arrested last year.

On April 19, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi reported the arrests of 116 teams associated to the MEK in the past year.

Subsequently, the Director General of the intelligence in East Azarbaijan Province on April 24, 2019, gave the figure of 110 arrests and encounter with the Mojahedin in the province in 2018.

The NCRI, however, said that the actual number of arrests is much higher whit the the IRGC, the IRGC’s intelligence, law enforcement, and prosecutors, having their own arrests.

The names of 29 detainees announced by the MEK are as follows:

  1. Farshad Etemadifar, 24, Gachsaran, June 2018
  2. Omid Javid Nasab, 20, Gachsaran, June 2018
  3. Farshad, 21, Gachsaran, June 2018
  4. Farshid Baharan, 21, Yasouj, Khordad 2018
  5. Mehrzad Baharan, 27, Yasouj, June 2018
  6. Amir Ramin Fard, 38, Tabriz, June 2018
  7. Shahyad Ghanavati, 32, Ahvaz, September 2018
  8. Afshin Barzegar Jamshidi, 29, September 2018
  9. Majid Mahmoudian, 37, Tabriz, September 2018
  10. Mohammad Reza Hasan Maleki, 33, Semnan, October 2018
  11. Zarir Hadipour, 56, Kohdasht, October 2018
  12. Farhang Khorshidi, 41, Kohdasht, October 2018
  13. Alireza Barzegar, 40, Karaj, October 2018
  14. Pouriya Vahidian, Tehran, November 2018
  15. Manoochehr Farhadi, 50, Isfahan, February 2019
  16. Seyyed Mehdi Vafaie, 35, Tehran, February 2019
  17. Hossein Noori Derakhshan, 36, Tehran, February 2019
  18. Hamid Kashani, Ghaemshahr, February 2019
  19. Vahid Bani Ameriyan, 26, Tehran, March 2019
  20. Pooya Ghobadi, 26, Tehran, March 2019
  21. Sina Zahiri, 36, Tehran, March 2019
  22. Mohsen Farid, 44, Tehran, March 2019
  23. And 24. Parsa Sedighi Hamedani, 22, with her sister, Urmia, March 2019
  24. Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, Urmia, 60, March 2019
  25. Afshin Shahsavari, 27, Tehran, March 2019
  26. Abbas Shahbazi, 41, Ahvaz, March 2019
  27. Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019
  28. Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019

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