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Young female student activist arrested, jailed in Iran

Iranian student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh was arrested for participating in peaceful demonstration
Iranian student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh was arrested for participating in peaceful demonstration

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Aug. 1, 2019A university student activist is reported to have been arrested in her house and sent to the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, according to the Harana website.

Ms. Leila Hossainzadeh, a student of anthropology, was arrested on July 28 by agents of the regime’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), for taking part in a peaceful student protest last year.

On June 24, she was sentenced by Tehran’s appeals court to two and a half years of imprisonment along with hard labor, and two more years of probation and being barred from traveling outside the country.

Ms. Hosseinzadeh, who served as the secretary of Tehran University students’ central council, was arrested during the nationwide uprisings in 2018. She was later released on bail.

On March 7, 2018, Hosseinzadeh was previously sentenced to six years in prison and a two-year ban on leaving the country by Branch 26 of the Tehran Court.

Her trial began on October 22, 2018, and her revision hearing was held on May 14. Then, on June 24, Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Hosseinzadeh to 30 months behind bars on charges of “association and collusion against national security” and another year for “propaganda against the state”. She is also prohibited from leaving the country for two years after her prison sentence ends.

There were a particularly high number of students arrested and prosecuted during the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 uprising; something that even Iranian regime officials are admitting.

“A list has been put together of the students detained in the December 2017 incidents and they number more than 150. So, we’re not talking about just 55 or 90 students. Unfortunately, the issue of student detentions is much more extensive,” said Parvaneh Salahshouri, a member of Majlis (parliament), to the state-funded ILNA news agency. (July 10, 2018)

This suggests that young Iranians, who have known nothing except the regime, are politically active and want the regime gone. It is also important to remember that as the protest began, the regime began rounding up and detaining students who had not even been involved. This is because they see young people as a threat to their regime.

“The MOIS is involved in some of the cases against these students. Therefore, the government and the ministry itself should explain what’s going on here,” Salahshouri said.



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