January 19, 2019
Human rights attorney Mostafa Tork Hamedani has been sentenced to six months imprisonment in Iran for allegedly slandering a former prosecutor, his lawyer Peyman Haj Mahmoud Attar announced on January 15, 2019.
Hamedani is among a group of defense attorneys currently being targeted by the country’s security establishment for taking on politically sensitive cases, including those involving peaceful activists and dissidents.
Hamedani’s attorney told the state-funded Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) that the preliminary sentence against his client was 10 months in prison and 40 lashes but on appeal was reduced by four months with the flogging sentence suspended for one year.
Reacting to the Appeals Court’s verdict, Hamedani on January 15 posted a photo with his daughters on Instagram with the caption: “I’m not upset. This is nothing compared to the courageous people who have given their lives for their country.”
Hamedani was prosecuted based on a lawsuit brought by former Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, who alleged Hamedani had made public accusations against him before Mortazavi was convicted in a case involving financial corruption during the period Mortazavi headed the Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO) in 2011-2013.