Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Facing 19 Years Behind Bars in Iran

January 28, 2019

Najafi Jailed for Demanding Justice for Detainee Who Died in State Custody

Imprisoned human rights attorney Mohammad Najafi was sentenced to two more years in prison in Iran on January 22, 2019—bringing the total number of years he has been condemned to serve to 19.

The sentences have been issued over the course of several trials held over the last few months. In the latest trial at Branch 102 of the Criminal Court in Shazand, Markazi Province, the 43-year-old was also fined four million tomans (approximately $950 USD), his lawyer Payam Derafshan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Derafshan noted that the sentence was based on comments Najafi had posted on Instagram for which he had already been found guilty and sentenced.

In addition to the three-year prison sentence Najafi has been serving since October 2018, he has also been issued preliminary sentences totaling 14 more years behind bars.

On December 11, 2018, Najafi was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the charges of “collaboration with enemy states through transferring news and information in interviews” (10 years), “propaganda against the state” (two years) and “insulting the supreme leader” (one year) by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Arak.

On December 15, Branch 102 of the Criminal Court in Shazand also sentenced Najafi to one year in prison for the charge of “publishing falsehoods in cyberspace with a phone and computer with the intention to disturb public opinion.”

On January 15, 2019, Najafi was transferred from Arak Central Prison to the nearby city of Shazand to face the charge of “disturbing public opinion” in connection with a letter he posted on Facebook on September 8, 2018, criticizing Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, (FRANCAIS)

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IRAN – 22 janvier 2019
Mohammad Najafi
Condamné quatre fois en quatre mois à un total de 19 ans de prison.

Le 22 janvier 2019, Mohammad Najafi, 43 ans, avocat à Arak, la capitale de la province de Markazi, a été condamné par la chambre 102 du tribunal pénal de Shazand, à deux ans de prison pour avoir «troublé l’opinion publique», dans une lettre publiée sur Facebook le 8 septembre 2018, critiquant le guide suprême Ali Khamenei. Il a également été condamné à une amende de quatre millions de tomans (environ 950 USD).

Cette dernière condamnation porte à 19 ans le nombre total d’années de prison auxquelles il a été condamné en quatre mois.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 29/01/19)

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