Atena Daemi’s new trumped-up charges and trial

The trial of Atena Daemi, a civil rights activist jailed in Evin Prison, was held on June 28th.

Atena Daemi, and her lawyer, Mustafa Nili, were present at her hearing for the new trumped-up charges. These latest charges against her, filed by the Intelligence Ministry and the IRGC’s Intelligence Organisation, include “propaganda against the regime” and “disrupting order in the prison.”

Regarding the accusation of “propaganda against the regime”, the court referred to statements and letters allegedly attributed to her; and on the charge of “disrupting order in the prison”, to celebrating and dancing during Imam Hussein’s mourning ceremony.

Ms. Daemi has said that the allegations are baseless and that, for example, there were no celebrations by her and her fellow prisoners at the time of the mourning ceremony.

Atena Daemi also appeared at the Evin Prosecutor’s Office on June 7th to be charged with another case that has recently been levelled against her. At that session, Ms. Daemi was charged with “disturbing order in the prison by chanting slogans against the Islamic Republic.”

Atena Daemi was sentenced to 14 years in prison on May 15th 2015 on charges of “conspiracy against national security, propaganda against the regime, and insulting the leader.” Her sentence was reduced to seven years by the Court of Appeal, which was finally enforced five years after the application of Article 134.

While serving her sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, Ms. Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a fellow prisoner, faced another case and were eventually sentenced to three years and seven months in prison. The court also sentenced each of them to a two-year ban on membership of any group and party. The verdict was later upheld and announced to them at the appeal stage without a court hearing. Each of them is to serve twenty-five months in prison.

Atena Daemi’s case – built on trumped-up charges and imprisonment without any due process – is yet another example of the rogue nature of the ‘judicial system’ in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s treatment of labour and other political activists. We call on all trade unionists, socialists and other political activists to help us in defending the rights of all workers, civil rights activists and political prisoners in Iran.

Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign
30 June 2020

Source: HRANA News Agency

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