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Thursday, January 21, 2010

EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR MAJID TAVAKOLI

Majid Tavakoli, a Prominent Student Activist Was Sentenced to Eight Years and Six Months Imprisonment as Well as Ten Years Deprivation of Civic Rights, Composed of 5 Years of Exclusion from Political Activity and a 5 Year Prohibition on Leaving the Country, by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.


HRANA – Student Rights: Majid Tavakoli, a prominent student activist was sentenced to eight years and six months imprisonment as well as ten years deprivation of civic rights, composed of 5 years of exclusion from political activity and a 5 year prohibition on leaving the country, by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.


The trial of this student activist for the four charges of “insulting the supreme leadership, insulting the presidency, assembly and collusion and propaganda against the government” took place in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of the City of Tehran on December 31st, without the presence of Mr. Tavakoli’s defense attorney and behind closed doors. Majid Tavakoli continuously protested the trial.


Currently, Majid Tavakoli is being held in the solitary confinement cells of Ward 240 in Evin prison. During his arrest and interrogation, he was subjected to severe beatings and physical and psychological torture. These pressures continue to persist.

The unethical behaviour of the security apparatus in publishing images of him in female cover combined with their publication of lies was met with a vast wave of protests by human rights activists around the world.


It should be noted that Majid Tavakoli was also imprisoned for fifteen months two years ago on charges of printing fake publications, and was thereafter acquitted of the charges entered against him. While in prison, he exposed 70 instances of the tortures that were carried out on him.


In addition, he had been arrested on yet another occasion for attending a ceremony honouring Mr. Bazargan, which had been officially cancelled, and spent 115 days in the solitary confinement cells of Ward 209 of Evin prison; he had only recently been freed after paying a hefty bail.

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