Iran: Lawyer Who Sought Justice for Death of Detainee in Iranian Custody Sentenced to Three Years, 74 Lashes

October 29, 2018

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi (center in a blue suit) poses for a photo with some of his clients and colleagues at an unknown location in the city of Arak. Najafi has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for accusing local police of killing a young man who was taken into custody earlier this year. No one has been held responsible for the death of the detainee, 22-year-old Vahid Heydari.

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Less than a year ago, attorney Mohammad Najafi was advocating for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center. Nine months later, he has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for the charges of “disturbing the state” and “publishing falsehoods.”

“The rulings against me, Ali Bagheri and Abbas Safari were upheld [by the Appeals Court] without any changes: One year and 74 lashes for ‘disturbing the state,’ and two years for ‘publishing falsehoods,’” Najafi wrote in a Facebook post on October 18, 2018.

“The sentences against the other defendants, including six of my clients, were suspended for five years,” he added.

Najafi and Safari began their prison sentences in Arak’s Central Prison on October 28.

In January 2018, Najafi informed media outlets about the suspicious case of Vahid Heydari, 22, who died in detention at the 12th Police Station in Arak sometime between the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018.

Najafi told media outlets at the time that the authorities were trying to cover up the real reason for Heydari’s death by claiming he had committed suicide. Iranian authorities have claimed at least two other detainees “committed suicide” in custody in 2018: Iranian Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami and Sina Ghanbari.

https://iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/lawyer-who-sought-justice-for-death-of-detainee-in-iranian-custody-sentenced-to-three-years-74-lashes/

https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/10/21/civil-rights-activists-sentenced-to-prison-and-flogging-for-attending-protests/

https://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/5506-neda-yusefi-sentenced-to-one-year-in-prison-and-74-lashes

https://iranians.global/lawyer-who-sought-justice-for-death-of-detainee-in-iranian-custody-sentenced-to-three-years-74-lashes-human-rights-in-iran/

https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/10/iran-must-stop-imprisoning-lawyers-for-defending-their-clients/

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 31/10/18)

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