- Ahmed Shaheed, UN, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki Moon, Amnesty, HRW, EU members
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour is now released.
Updates 2 , December , 2011
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour who was transferred to Ahvaz prison last week, was verbally notified of the increase in his prison sentence.
Per a document from the Qom special court for the clergy, it was verbally announced to Ahamdpour that not only was his request for release denied, 2 years were added to his prison sentence for the additional charge against him of “acting against national security” and he must now spend 5 years behind bars.
Ahmadpour who was summoned to court on Tuesday objected to the sentencing and asked that the added charge of acting against national security be dropped considering it was not part of the verdict that the appellate court had previously handed down. But he was told that even though they understood his point, the court’s hands were tied and there was nothing they could do.
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Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/46333
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Appeals court upheld 13-year prison sentence for cleric Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour.
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, dissident cleric, blogger, former political prisoner and member of the Qom Hezbeh Mosharekat to be imprisoned for 13 years.
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour is a cleric, member of the Qom Hezbeh Mosharekat (Participation Front), a blogger for Pezhak-e Khamoosh, and a researcher. Intelligence agents in the city of Qom arrested him on July 19, 2010 after which he spent almost a year in prison. The appeals court has now issued a verdict based on additional charges against this cleric.
According to Human Rights House of Iran, Ahmadpour was handed down a sentence of 3 years behind bars in Ahvaz prison and 10-years exile to the city of Izeh. He has now found out that this verdict has been upheld at the appellate court.
Ahmadpour faced the new charges stemming from a letter he wrote to the United Nations. Because of this letter he was convicted of “publishing lies for the intent of disturbing public opinion”, “propaganda against the regime” and “violating the dignity of the clergy.”
In 2009 Ahmadpour was convicted of “acting against national security”, “propaganda against the regime”, and “violating the dignity of the clergy.” At that time he was handed down a one-year sentence, which he served behind bars.
Ahmadpour is a war veteran [of the Iran-Iraq war] who suffers from physical disabilities due to being exposed to chemical weapons during the war. Even though per doctor’s orders it is imperative that Seyed Ahmadpour is under around the clock medical supervision, the courts have handed down this new verdict with plans of again putting this cleric behind bars.
Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/45631
1) We the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour.
2) We demand for Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities.
3) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran!
The Free Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki Moon, Amnesty, HRW, EU members was written by Anette Meyer and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.