Saturday , 10 June 2023

Update: 18 Months After his Arrest, Hossein Sarlak is Still Waiting

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Hossein Sarlak, a political prisoner arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence Department last March, has been awaiting trial in Evin prison for a year and a half.

Sarlak was arrested with a group of his comrades on April 7th of last year. Charged with “forming an illegal organization,” a close source told HRANA that he was interrogated for 100 days in a solitary cell in Evin’s Section 2-A, which is under IRGC jurisdiction. On July 16th he was transferred to Section Four, where he has been held since. HRANA has not yet been able to confirm the identities and fates of his comrades.

As of his trial last April by Judge Moghise in Branch 28 of Revolutionary Court, Sarlak now faces four additional charges: collusion and gathering against national security, propaganda against the regime, insulting the Supreme Leader, and insulting the sacred. Six months later, the court has yet to issue a conclusive judgement.