The two-hour trial of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee was held on Tuesday, June 18, at the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. The two civil rights activists appeared before the court accompanied by their lawyers. The court will issue its ruling on their case within 10 days.
The new case against Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee includes charges of insulting Khomeini and Khamenei, and causing disruption the prison’s order by resisting physical inspection and by singing anthems in protest to the executions of three Kurdish political prisoners.
Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee have also been accused of propaganda against the state by sending open letters out of prison.
Atena Daemi was arrested on October 21, 2014 and subsequently sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for her civil activities.She started serving her sentence in December 2016 in Evin Prison.
Golrokh Iraee was released on April 8, 2019, after finishing serving her sentence since October 24, 2016.
In another development, three women’s rights activists were summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison. Maryam Mohammadi, Esrin Derkaleh and Nargess Khorrami are members of the Neday-e Zanan-e Iran (Voice of Iranian Women) Association.
Akram Nasirian and Nahid Shaqaqi, also members of this group, had already been arrested last month. Ms. Nasirian was freed on bail after 27 days in Ward 209 of Evin. Nahid Shaqaqi is still incarcerated.
Labor activist Neda Naji who had been arrested 40 days ago during the protests in Tehran on the International Labor Day, was transferred from Evin to the notorious Qarchak Prison in Varamin on Saturday, June 15, 2019. In a brief call to her family, Ms. Naji informed them that she was being transferred from the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 at Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison.
At least 15 female labor activists were arrested during the Labor Day protest on May 1 in Tehran in front of the mullahs’ parliament among them Neda Naji, Marzieh Amiri and Atefeh Rangriz.