For immediate release 23rd January 2017
Confirmation in Iran of the five-year jail sentence on the young London mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been condemned as ‘outrageous’ by Struan Stevenson, a lecturer on Middle East politics and former British member of European Parliament. Speaking in Scotland Mr Stevenson said: “Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Imam Khomeini in Tehran last April as she attempted to return to the UK following a holiday with her two-year-old daughter Gabriella. She is a 38-year-old charity worker, from Hampstead, northwest London, married to Richard Ratcliffe. She has dual British/Iranian nationality, but because Iran does not recognise dual nationalities, those detained cannot receive consular assistance.
NCRI - Pointing to the political prisoners’ hunger strike, Iranian regime’s head of judiciary described reporting and highlighting such issues as a ‘criminal act’ and called on regime’s judicial authorities not be influenced by what he called ‘the media created climate’.
The Iranian Regime is no stranger to cruel and unusual punishment; indeed, it is the world leader in executions per capita, but throughout 2016, the mullahs seemed to relish in violence and inflicting it in the most minor of cases.
Now, Amnesty International has called out the mullahs’ dictatorship and asked other international human rights charities and governments to condemn these atrocities.
NCRI - The political prisoner ‘Mohammad-Saber Malek Raeesi’ writes a revealing letter to Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, describing parts of the inhumane conditions as well as Iranian regime’s medieval tortures in prisons.
Currently spending his eighth year in Ardebil Prison in exile and 20th day of hunger strike, Malek Raeesi writes in his letter: “due to communicating and meeting with my brother who lives in Pakistan, I was arrested on 24 September 2009 at the age of 17, and then sentenced to 15 years in Ardebil Prison in exile.”
NCRI - According to reports, on Monday, January 16, a prisoner died in ward 7 of Evin prison in Tehran due to harsh prison condition and lack of medical care.
At 9 a.m. on Monday, the prisoner, Saeed Nouhi, suffered heart attack and was immediately transferred by his cellmates to the Evin prison infirmary. However, the clinic doctor carelessly gave him only a pill despite his cellmates insisting that he should be transferred to a hospital outside the prison due to his critical health condition. In reaction to the cellmates’ protest, the prison officials forced the prisoners out of the clinic.
NCRI - A prisoner incarcerate in central prison of Karaj was executed on drug related charges in an incomplete trial and before the vague and flawed judicial process ends.
According to the prisoner’s wife, the amount of drug he was carrying was much less than what was recorded in the court’s secretariat. On the other hand, his case was still under investigation in the Supreme Court and the death sentence was neither confirmed nor communicated to the prisoner.
NCRI - In a letter to the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, Gohardasht political prisoners urge her to address their situation and investigate violation of the prisoners’ rights by Iranian regime.
The following in the letter by Gohardasht Political prisoners:
Ms. Asma Jahangir, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran,
Re: New tricks used by Iranian regime for violations of human rights
NCRI - According to reports, on Thursday January 12, the political prisoner, Saeed Shirzad, on his 37th day of hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj suffered severe drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness, and the prison officials were forced to transfer him to the one thousand beds hospital in Tehran.
NCRI - A death row prisoner was executed in Qazvin last week while his family says his case was still under consideration and review by the prosecution office and his sentence was not confirmed and put on hold. On Monday, January 2, the death sentence of Nasrollah Khazaei, on the charges of “carrying and keeping drugs” was implemented in Qazvin prison before dawn.
After the family of the executed prisoner followed his case, several Judiciary officials of the Iranian regime’s Prosecution Office in Tehran said that the prisoner should not have been executed.