Thursday , 19 September 2019

Iran Sentences Political Prisoner To Death For Supporting The PMOI

Iran-HRM – Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on Sunday sentenced four men affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to prison and death.

The branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court headed by notorious judge, Mohammad Moghiseh, have sentenced 34-year-old Abdullah Ghasempour to death and eight years behind bars after being convicted of charges including “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the PMOI.”

The court said that Abdullah Ghasempour had set fire to a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij base affiliated to the terrorist-designated IRGC, filmed the event and sent it to the PMOI media.

Three other men, Mohammad Hossein Ghasempour (Abdullah’s brother), 32, Alireza Habibian, 30, and Akbar Dalir, 34, were sentenced to five years and a half in prison each for “assembly and collusion.”
The trio have curently been held in Ward 4 of Tehran’s Evin Prison.

All the four had been arrested on May 21, 2018, in Tehran and were transferred to Evin Prison. They were kept in a state of limbo for nearly a year before being tried.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, the coalition which includes the PMOI, in a statement issued on May 17, 2019, announced the names of 11 arrestees in late April.

The NCRI said: “The transfer of Hash al-Shabi forces from Iraq to the flood-hit areas, launching night patrols and “neighborhood-based security patrols”, called the Razavioun, and the new wave of arrests throughout the country, especially among the supporters of the PMOI, are part of the repressive measures of religious fascism to prevent popular uprisings. “

This comes after Iran’s intelligence officials announced that dozens of the PMOI supporters were arrested last year.

On April 19, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi reported the arrests of 116 teams associated to the PMOI in the past year.

Subsequently, the Director General of the intelligence in East Azarbaijan Province on April 24, 2019, gave the figure of 110 arrests and encounter with the Mojahedin in the province in 2018.

The NCRI, however, said that the actual number of arrests is much higher whit the the IRGC, the IRGC’s intelligence, law enforcement, and prosecutors, having their own arrests.