Tuesday , 19 November 2019

Civil Rights Activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee Arrested by Security Forces

Iran-HRM – Civil rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was re-arrested Saturday November 9, by 10 male security forces in her Tehran home. The former political prisoner is the wife of cancer-stricken political prisoner Arash Sadeghi and was campaigning for his release and much needed medical treatment on Twitter.

On June 18, 2019, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention to the executions of three Kurdish dissidents. 

In mid-July 2019, Judge Iman Afshari of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced Daemi and Iraee to 3.7 years in prison for “insulting the supreme leader” (2.1 years) and “propaganda against the state” (1.6 years).

They must only serve an additional 2.1 years according to Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, which requires defendants to serve the maximum punishment for the charge that carries the longest sentence in cases involving multiple sentences.

On September 5, 2019, Amir Raissian, lawyer of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, announced that the same verdict had been upheld in the revision stage without being further examined.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was first arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence on September 6, 2014, along with her husband and two other activists. She served three weeks in the IRGC Intelligence Ward 2A in Evin and subsequently released on September 27, 2014, on an 80 million toman bail for her activities in the Facebook. Then, she was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment on charges of “insulting the sanctities” and “propaganda against the state.”

On October 24, 2016, her residence was stormed by security forces and she was taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Her husband, Arash Sadeghi went on hunger strike in protest, and after 72 days, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was released on January 3, 2017.

On January 22, 2017, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested again as she was heading to hospital where her imprisoned husband was supposed to be examined.

Iraee was released on bail in April 2019 after serving 3.5 years of a six-year prison sentence primarily for writing an unpublished story about stoning in Iran. 

Her husband, civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi, has been serving a 15-year prison sentence for peaceful political activities since 2016 and is in poor health following a cancer operation last year.

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