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Jailed Iranian Activist's Family Summoned After Public Criticism

May 27, 2024
1 min read
The security forces summoned the mother and two sisters of Amir Sheibani Zaveh, a civil activist detained in Vakil Abad prison
The security forces summoned the mother and two sisters of Amir Sheibani Zaveh, a civil activist detained in Vakil Abad prison

Iran has summoned the mother and sisters of a jailed activist, intensifying pressure on his family in an apparent bid to silence their criticism of the government.

The security forces summoned the mother and two sisters of Amir Sheibani Zaveh, a civil activist detained in Vakil Abad prison.

They were summoned for questioning over their social media activity. 

It appears to be an attempt to intimidate Sheibani's family and silence them.

A source close to Sheibani's family told IranWire, "Narges Khasham Imampour, Amir's mother, was previously threatened by security forces for speaking out about her son's condition on social media. They warned that if she did not stop, Amir's punishment would be harsher."

The source also revealed that Sheibani himself had been pressured inside Vakil Abad prison to "shut up his mother."

The escalation of pressure against Sheibani's family began two weeks ago, according to the source. 

"Police Intelligence" first summoned Narges Imampour, accusing her of "disrupting public opinion" and posting "a bloody fingerprint image to criticize the elections."

Imampour reported to the authorities and was informed of the charges. 

However, IranWire found that the threats and summons have intensified after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi. 

Security forces made numerous calls to Imampour and her daughters.

Following the news of Raisi's death in a helicopter crash, at least 13 citizens and activists who posted about it on social media were arrested in various Iranian cities.

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