Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 30 years and 111 lashes

Amirsalar Davoudi

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has upheld a 30-year prison sentence against Amirsalar Davoudi a human rights lawyer and defender of several political activists.

Mostafa Turk Hamedani, the lawyer of Amirsalar Davoudi tweeted on Wednesday, July 30, that a 30-year prison sentence with 111 lashes against Mr. Davoudi has been finalized.

“Fifteen years of the sentence is obligatory and implementable,” Davoudi’s fellow attorney, Turk Hamadani twitted.

“We will make our all efforts under the law to urge the head of the Judiciary and Tehran’s Attorney General to eliminate the verdict” Mr. Turk Hamedani added.

Iranian human rights lawyer and a member of the Iranian Bar association Amirsalar Davoudi was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison and 111 lashes in June on the charges including “insulting officials”, “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “spreading propaganda against the system.”

In accordance with Article 134 of the penal code, which stipulates that, when individuals are convicted on three or more charges, they shall serve the lengthiest single sentence imposed for the most serious charge, the actual term he is due to serve is 15 years.

The lengthiest charge on which he was convicted was “forming a group with the purpose of disrupting national security”, relating to his Telegram channel.

He refused to appeal, and the sentence was automatically upheld on Tuesday, July 30.

Furthermore, Davoudi has been sentenced to 111 lashes, 60 million Rials (approximately $1410) court fine and deprivation of his social rights for two years.

Amirsalar Davoudi was initially convicted by an “Islamic revolutionary court” for “propaganda against the state” and “insulting officials”.

In a June 2019 statement Amnesty International stressed that: “This shockingly harsh sentence is an outrageous injustice. Amirsalar Davoudi is blatantly being punished for his work defending human rights.”

“Amirsalar Davoudi is the latest victim of a vicious crackdown waged by the Iranian authorities against human rights lawyers over the past two years, which has seen Iranian courts hand out increasingly harsh sentences to stop them from being able to carry out their work,” Amnesty International said.