One Year Suspended Sentence and Reporting to Intelligence Ministry Interrogators Every 4 months for Four Years!

Appeals Court Ruling in Case of Amir Yaghoub-Ali Constitutes Severe Control of the Accused

Monday 1 September 2008

Change for Equality: In a ruling handed down by Branch 54 of the Appeals Court in the case of Amir Yaghoub-Ali, this student and equal rights defenders’ sentence of one year mandatory prison sentence has been upheld, but its implementation has been suspended for four years. During these four years, Amir is required to report to the local branch of the Intelligence Ministry every four months. If he is found guilty by the courts of another crime, during the course of the four years, the serving of the suspended sentence becomes mandatory immediately. After the four years too, Amir is required to serve the one year mandatory sentence.

Amir Yaghoub-Ali was arrested in July 2007 while collecting signatures in support of the Campaign’s petition in Andisheh Park in Tehran and subsequently spent 29 days in Section 209 of Evin Prison, managed by the Intelligence Ministry. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Courts sentenced him to one year mandatory sentence. The current ruling, of one year mandatory prison sentence with a suspension of the implementation for the period of four years, and reporting to the local branch of the Intelligence Ministry every four months for interrogation during the course of these four years is a ruling by the appeals court. According to his lawyer, Nasrin Sotoodeh: "this kind of suspension [of the implementation of the prison sentence], which is accompanied by severe control of the accused, is unprecedented."


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