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Tehran bus driver sentenced to lashing, prison term

Workers rallying in Tehran, Iran, marking International Labor Day (File Photo)
Workers rallying in Tehran, Iran, marking International Labor Day (File Photo)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 31, 2019–A so-called court in Tehran, the capital of Iran, has sentenced Rasoul Taleb Moghadam, a BRT driver and a member of the Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate, to two years behind bars, 74 lashes and two years in exile in the province of South Khorasan (eastern Iran). He is also banned from using a mobile phone.

He was arrested on International Labor Day this year along with dozens of others participating in a protest rally outside the regime’s Majlis (parliament) in Tehran. He was released a few days later on bail.

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Back in December 2018, the Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate reported the Iranian regime’s intelligence and security agents arrested one of their members by the name of Reza Shahabi. Shahabi was originally detained along with a number of others and transferred to an unknown location.

“In recent days, workers of six different units have been protesting and demanding better facilitation of their homes. At least one protesting worker set himself ablaze outside a regime office building yesterday and there is no information about his conditions,” according to a Syndicate statement.

Following these arrests, the Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate issued a statement strongly condemning these measures and demanding their unconditional and immediate release.

The family and friends of these Syndicate members, along with their colleagues, rallied outside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, demanding the release of their loved ones.

Following this gathering, the mullahs’ regime was forced into releasing the arrested individuals. The Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate issued a report announcing the release of those arrested.

“Let us hope all teachers, workers, and students are released,” the statement read in part.

Prior to this, the Greater Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate called for all judicial dossiers launched for the representatives of the Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Company in Shush, southwest Iran, to also be closed and all those arrested in this regard to be released.

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