Summoning three Christian citizens to execute prison terms
Ariyai Community News Agency – Today, Monday, September 7, 1401, the 1st branch of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office sent a written notice to summon three Christian citizens to endure their imprisonment.
According to the report of the Aryaei news agency, citing Human Rights in Iran, today, Monday, 7 September 1401, Joseph Shahbazian, Samia (Sonia) Sadegh and Mina Khajovi Qomi, three Christian citizens, received written notifications from the 1st branch of the Prosecutor’s Office for the execution of criminal sentences. They were summoned to Evin prison to spend their prison terms
According to the notice issued by the 1st Branch of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office, which was sent to Iman Soleimani, the defense lawyer of these citizens, they must present themselves to Evin Prison within 10 days from the date of the notice to serve their imprisonment.
It should be noted that on the 26th of August 1401, Branch 36 of the Court of Appeals of Tehran Province issued a writ to Joseph Shahbazian to suffer 10 years of penal servitude, deprivation of social rights, prohibition to leave the country and exclusion from membership in parties, groups, factions condemned Jat and exile. Also, Mina Khajowi was sentenced to 6 years of penal servitude and Samia Sadegh was sentenced to 4 years of penal servitude or to pay 40 million tomans in lieu of penal servitude.
These citizens, at the preliminary stage on June 7, 1401, were sentenced to a total of 16 years of imprisonment by Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Iman Afshari, on charges of (formation of groups and gangs with the intention of disrupting the country’s security) and (action against national security) Punishment and supplementary punishment were sentenced.
Also, in the first half of June 1401, the trial of the charges against Joseph Shahbazian, Samiyeh Sadegh, and Mina Khajovi Qomi was held by Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court headed by Iman Afshari.
All of these 3 Christian converts were summoned to this interrogation meeting after receiving written notices
Arrest of an Armenian citizen and two Christian converts
In July 2019, Joseph Shahbazian, an Armenian citizen, along with Samia Sadegh and Mina Khajovi, were arrested by security agents in a house church ceremony in Yaftabad district of Tehran and sent to the solitary cell of one of the security agencies located in Evin prison for interrogation and clarification of charges. were transferred
After the completion of the interrogation and explanation of the accusation and long-term indecision, on September 1, 2019, Joseph Shahbazian was released by posting a bond in the amount of 2 billion tomans until the completion of the proceedings.
On July 19, 2019, Samiye Sadegh was released on bail in the amount of 500 million Tomans until the completion of the proceedings.
Mina Khajovi, another Christian convert, was released after the interrogation and explanation of charges in the 3rd investigation branch of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office by posting a bail in the amount of 1.2 billion tomans.
Also, after the release of these citizens and Iman Soleimani’s repeated visits, despite the investigator’s order to return the personal belongings of these people, such as mobile phones and laptops, to the 3rd investigation branch of Evin prison, the security officer of the case refused the investigator’s order.
The security treatment of religious minorities violates Articles 2, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which emphasizes the right of individuals to perform religious rituals, propaganda, and religious education, both collectively and privately. slow
Arresting people without explaining the charges and not having access to a lawyer for the accused are among the cases that violate international human rights documents, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966.
Also, people’s right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Confession coupled with intimidation and threats violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and is a clear example of torture.