December 26, 2018
Imprisoned defense attorney Mohammad Najafi was taken to court in the Iranian city of Shazand, Markazi Province, on December 19, 2018, to face an additional charge for criticizing Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in a letter.
“We are very surprised by the latest charge,” his lawyer Payam Derafshan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Mr. Najafi is being issued repetitious charges on a daily basis.”
“Previously, he had been sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to two years in prison for the charge of ‘insulting the supreme leader,’” he added. “Now another branch has charged him with ‘disturbing public opinion’ for writing a letter to the supreme leader. This is all just harassment.”
Derafshan continued: “Mr. Najafi is currently in prison and he has also received a 10-year prison sentence for another case. Why should he be dragged to court to be issued a similar charge for writing a letter?”
Najafi’s open letter dated September 8, 2018, was published by several Iranian media outlets after it was posted on his Facebook page.