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Iran’s regime issues death, prison sentences to prevent new uprising

Political prisoners are facing imminent execution in Iran
Political prisoners are facing imminent execution in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 28, 2020—The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran, in fear of ongoing protests evolving into a new nationwide uprising similar to that of November 2019 and January 2020, has been resorting to issuing death sentences and long prison terms, arresting youths in mass numbers and creating an atmosphere of fear and oppression. Regime officials are also deeply concerned of a growing trend of activities witnessed from members of “Resistance Units,” a vast network inside affiliated to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

On Friday, June 26, Mohammad Reza Habibi, head of the regime’s judiciary in the city of Isfahan, voiced grave concerns of a new uprising in the making. “[MEK] operatives should realize if there are any violations, we will most certainly take firm action against such operatives and rioters as we did back in 2009, Dec 2017/Jan 2018, and November 2019,” Habibi said during a session of mass Friday prayers, according to the Fars news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “Today, we have 8,000 cases from the abovementioned events that have been finalized and it has been proven that those accused are guilty of mofsed-e-filarz (corruption on earth),” he added. The mullahs’ regime is known to execute people accused of mofsed-e-filarz.

Nasreddin Salehi, public prosecutor in the cities of Shahinshahr and Meymeh, also in Isfahan province, central Iran, said on Saturday that the death sentence and prison terms issued for those behind “armed robberies” and leaders of networks involved in the November 2019 uprising will be carried out. These measures were “carried out with precise pre-planning and they took action to destroy public property. These rulings have been issued and will be carried out once pending being officially upheld by the judiciary,” he said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. “Deliberately publishing lies, disrupting the minds of the general public [through the internet] or on mobile phones, or deliberately republishing these lies will face sentences of 91 days to two years behind bars, financial penalization or both,” Salehi continued.

Prior to these remarks, political prisoners Amir Hossein Moradi, 26, Saied Tamjidi, 28, and Mohammad Rajabi, 26, were arrested, placed under horrific torture and have now been sentenced to death for taking part in the November 2019 uprising. Their executions are imminent, according to activists and international human rights organizations.

 

 

In coinciding fashion, the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the IRGC Intelligence and other oppressive forces have already arrested, or summoned and threatened, a large number of youths and MEK family members and supporters in Tehran and other provinces, including Gilan, Kermanshah and Khuzestan. Furthermore, security forces and intelligence units have contacted a large number of youths in various cities across the country and warned them of making any contact with the MEK or else they will face grave consequences.

The Iranian Resistance is calling for immediate action by the United Nations Secretary-General, the Human Rights Council and Commissioner, and relevant special rapporteurs, along with international human rights organizations to save the lives of political prisoners in Iran.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has called for an international fact-finding mission to visit Iran’s prisons and meet with the inmates, especially political prisoners.