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January 16, 2013

Sentences announced for 19 earthquake aid workers

Filed under: Human Rights in Iran — Sen @ 07:40
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PCED, January 15

On August 23, 2011, 35 social activists who were hastening with aid to the areas in Eastern Azerbaijan affected by the recent earthquake, were arrested. They included five Bahais: Navid Khanjani, Shayan Vahdati, Mithaq Afshar, Farid Ruhani and Vahid Khalus ( نوید خانجانی، شایان وحدتی، میثاق افشار، فرید روحانی و واحد خلوصی ). A court in Tabriz has sentenced Hamid Masibiyan ( حمیدرضا مسیبیان ) to two years and six months, Behrouz `Alavi (بهروز علوی ) to two years and three months, and Seyyid Husayn Runaqi-Mulki ( سیدحسین رونقی ملکی ) and Behram Shoja`i ( بهرام شجاعی ) to two years in prison for their part in the aid effort. Fifteen others were sentenced to six months, including two Bahais: Shayan Vahdati, Farid Ruhani. All those sentenced were sentenced for assembly and collusion to commit crimes against national security. Officials had previously accused them of propaganda for the Bahai Faith and Wahhabi Islam, spying for foreign media and distributing spoiled food.

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  1. Where have they been since arrested in August 2011 ? Do prisoners in Iran get credit for time already served ? I’m interested in learning more about how the law works in other cultures .

    Comment by Maureen Sullivan — January 16, 2013 @ 23:26 | Reply

    • Many of those arrested on August 23 were bailed, including Mithaq Afshar for certain (August 25). I do not know whether the remaining Bahais were bailed. At the time of the earthquake, Navid Khanjani was sentenced but not yet imprisoned (this is common in Iran). When the earthquake workers were arrested, and held in Evin Prison, he was taken to Rajai Shahr prison to begin serving his 12-year prison sentence. So far as I know (I’ve not studied the penal system), the time already in detention is always subtracted from the sentence to be served.

      Comment by Sen — January 17, 2013 @ 02:30 | Reply

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