Thursday , 22 October 2020

Political Prisoner Amir Hossein Moradi Not Allowed to Attend Father’s Memorial

Iran-HRM – Nearly 20 days days past the loss of his father, political prisoner Amir Hossein Moradi has not yet been allowed to go home to visit his family or attend the memorial ceremonies for his father.

Amir Hossein Moradi is one of a dozen protesters who have been sentenced to death after being arrested during the November 2019 protests in Iran.

Mr. Moradi’s family referred to the Prosecutor’s Office asking permission for him to attend his father’s memorial, even if under protection. The deputy Prosecutor told them that he could not any ceremonies until the Supreme Court hands down its verdict on his case. Even then, he can only attend the memorial if his death sentence is lifted by the Supreme Court.

Amir Hossein Moradi’s father, Nasser, took his own life on September 28 in the basement of their house. His mother has been reported as saying that his father was speaking about Amir Hossein all the time and until the last moment of his life. His only wish was to once again see his son and all the family eat together, Mrs. Moradi said.

There had been a lot of pressure on Mr. Moradi, said Babak Paknia, the defense lawyer for political prisoner Amir Hossein Moradi. The pressure increased after their son was sentenced to death and especially after the execution of Navid Afkari.

Mr. Moradi’s funeral was on October 1, 2020. His family and close friends attended the funeral. The families of Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, who share the same case along with Amir Hossein Moradi, also attended the funeral. Judicial authorities did not allow Amir Hossein Moradi to attend the funeral.

A memorial service for Mr. Nasser Moradi was held on October 7, but again, Amir Hossein Moradi was not allowed to join his family for the mourning.

Political prisoners Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi were arrested during the protests in November 2019 against sudden hike in the price of gasoline. The clerical regime’s Supreme Court sentenced all three of them to death.

Over 7,000 protesters were arrested during the November 2019 protests which erupted on November 15, the incumbent spokesman for the National Security Commission of the mullahs’ parliament said at the time. Iran Human Rights Monitor believes the number of those arrested should be at least 12,000 based on information announced by regime officials and state media, and informed sources.

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