- President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran
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We would like to take the opportunity to call your attention to the case of Iranian lawyers Narges Mohammadi and Abdolfattah Soltani
Mrs Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian human rights activist.
Mrs Narges Mohammadi was first arrested in 1998 for her criticisms of the Iranian government and spent a year in prison. In April 2010, she was summoned to the Islamic Revolutionary Court for her membership in the DHRC. She was briefly released on US$50,000 bail but re-arrested several days later and detained at Evin prison. Mohammadi's health declined while in custody, and she developed an epilepsy-like disease causing her to periodically lose muscle control. After a month, she was released and allowed to go to the hospital.
In July 2011, Mohammadi was prosecuted again, and found guilty of "acting against the national security, membership of the DHRC and propaganda against the regime". In September she was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment. Mrs Narges Mohammadi stated that she had learned of the verdict only through her lawyers and had been "given an unprecedented 23-page judgment issued by the court in which they repeatedly likened my human rights activities to attempts to topple the regime". In March 2012, the sentence was upheld by an appeals court, though it was reduced to six years. On 26 April, she was arrested to begin her sentence.
On July 31, 2012, Mohammadi was released from prison. On May 5, 2015, Ms. Mohammadi was again arrested on the basis of new charges. An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison.
Mrs Narges Mohammadi won the 2009 Alexander Langer award for her human rights activities, especially her efforts to end the death penalty for juvenile offenders in Iran.
Mrs Narges Mohammadi suffers from a chronic illness that causes partial paralysis, which has worsened due to her imprisonment.
Mrs Narges Mohammadi is an innocent woman.
Mr Abdolfattah Soltani is an Iranian human rights activist.
Mr Abdolfattah Soltani was detained without formal charge for 226 days in Tehran’s Evin prison from 30 July 2005 till 6 March 2006. On 30 July 2005, he was arrested whilst holding a sit-in at the building of Tehran’s Bar Association. He was protesting a warrant for his arrest, along with a search warrant for his home, both issued by the Chief Prosecutor for Tehran, Said Mortazavi, on 27 July 2005.
Mr Abdolfattah Soltani was held in solitary confinement until 15 September 2005, when he was moved into a cell with another prisoner. On 6 March 2006, Abdolfattah Soltani was released on bail of 100,000 euros. On June 16, four days after the 2009 June election, Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested, his computers seized, and he was taken to an unknown destination, which turned out to be Evin Prison. He was held there for 72 days, 17 of which were in solitary confinement.
Mr Abdolfattah Soltani he received a 13-year term sentence in remote prison of Borazjan 1000 km away from his family in 2012. He is also banned for 20 years from practicing law.
Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani went on a hunger strike for lack of medical treatment for himself and other dissidents in Evin prison in Tehran.
Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani is an innocent man.
We call for a strong diplomatic pressure for immediate and unconditional release of Iranian lawyers Narges Mohammadi and Abdolfattah Soltani.
The Immediate release Narges Mohammadi and Abdolfattah Soltani petition to President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran was written by Mariacarmela Ribecco and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.