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A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced three people arrested in the heat of anti-government protests last November to death. They were sentenced behind closed doors by the notorious ultraconservative judge, Abolqassem Salavati.

An Iranian monitoring groups, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) has named the three as Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi.

An overnight three-fold increase in gasoline prices in November, 2019, triggered a wave of protests that soon turned into anti-Islamic Republic unrest in 29 out of 31 provinces of Iran.

On top of the death penalty, Salavati sentenced Moradi to an extra fifteen years in prison and 74 lashes for the charge of "cooperation in aggravated armed robbery" and one-year imprisonment for "crossing the border unlawfully."

Salavati sentenced the other two, Rajabi and Tamjidi, each to ten years jail and 74 lashes for "cooperation in aggravated armed robbery" and one-year imprisonment for "crossing the border unlawfully."

HRANA says that the prisoners were simply protesters and it appears they were forced to confess to crimes.

Documents collected by HRANA show that 26-yer-old Amir Hossein Moradi was working as a cell phone, computer, and software salesperson in Tehran when he was arrested.

"On November 19, Amir Hossein Moradi was identified and arrested by security services (through observing the CCTV footage). Mr. Moradi was in solitary confinement in ward 240 of Evin Prison for a month. The security agents beat him during the interrogation," HRANA has divulged.

Citing a source close to Moradi's family, HRANA reported that the 26-year-old cellphone vendor told his family that he was attacked by a stun gun, threatened to spend more time in solitary confinement, and was promised to receive medical treatment to pressure him to deliver a forced confession.

Twenty-six-year-old Rajabi, and 28-year-old undergraduate student in electrical engineering, Tamjidi, were also battered and forced to confess to a series of crimes dictated by their interrogators.

Based on Judge Salavati's verdict, the three will have another trial on March 3, 2019, but the trio's attorneys say that their sentences are final.

A source close to their families who wanted to stay anonymous told HRANA that the detainees say most of the accusations were false, and they confessed under torture. They added that "We were tired of injustice in the country, and we went to the street to protest."
SOURCE: Radio Farda

WHEREAS: Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi appear to have been ordinary protesters who were among thousands arrested or killed after the spontaneous November mass protests in Iran by the Islamic Republic regime security forces;

AND WHEREAS: They also appear to have been tortured into making false confessions--again, like hundreds of others who sought to speak out in the streets of cities throughout Iran in November;

AND WHEREAS: These three young men are clearly prisoners of conscience whose very imprisonment and prison/lashing sentences--let along their being sentenced to death-- are ILLEGAL and a clear violation of their rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly & association as guaranteed by Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which Iran is a signatory) as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution;

AND WHEREAS: Judge Salavati, widely known in Iran as "Judge Death" has an extremely sordid history of show trials for peaceful opposition activists and the draconian--often deadly--sentences he metes out on politically-based charges;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that ALL levels of the international community to URGENT action to demand that the Islamic Republic of Iran rescind these grossly illegal sentences and immediately release Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi.

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The Free Amir Hossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi, and Saeed Tamjidi. Iranian Protesters Sentenced To Death petition to UN, State Department, EU, European Parliament, Foreign Office, Amnesty International was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.