Hassan Saidi, one of the May Day 2019 detainees and a member of the Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in a lower court. The appeal court has now upheld his sentence.
Hassan Saidi’s lawyer, Mr Razavi, said in an interview with ILNA that Hassan Saidi’s sentence was upheld in Branch 36 of the Appeal Court, but that they would be appealing against the ruling in the Supreme Court.
Mr Razavi also said: “After an appeal, the case was referred to Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeal Court; we waited for a hearing. Usually in cases with a long-term prison, there is a [pre-court] session and they hear the defence lawyer’s [case], but unfortunately, they did not have a [pre-court] session. They just told us to go to court.”
He added: “After referring to the court, I found that the defence appeals had been rejected, and the same lower-court ruling, i.e., five years in prison and a two-year ban on using social media and smartphones, was upheld.”
Mr Razavi concluded by emphasising: “We will definitely appeal to the Supreme Court and hope that the verdict will be overturned there.”
The Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign strongly condemns the arrest, continuing detention and punitive legal proceedings against activists and supporters of the labour movement in Iran. We call on all trade unionists, socialists and other political activists to help us in defending the rights of all workers, social rights’ activists and political prisoners in Iran.
Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign
29 December 2019
Source: Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company