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Amir Sheibani-Zaveh Faces New Charges Amidst Escalating Pressure

May 7, 2024
Maryam Dehkordi
2 min read
Political prisoner Amir Sheibani-Zaveh, currently serving a one-year sentence in Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad, was transferred to Branch 901 of the Revolutionary Court on May 5
Political prisoner Amir Sheibani-Zaveh, currently serving a one-year sentence in Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad, was transferred to Branch 901 of the Revolutionary Court on May 5
Sources indicate that Sheibani-Zaveh faces charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" in his new case
Sources indicate that Sheibani-Zaveh faces charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" in his new case

Political prisoner Amir Sheibani-Zaveh, currently serving a one-year sentence in Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad, was transferred to Branch 901 of the Revolutionary Court on May 5.

Prosecutor "Vahedian" has brought new charges against him during the session.

Sources indicate that Sheibani-Zaveh faces charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" in his new case.

The reason for the additional charges is allegedly his communication before his imprisonment, following the confirmation of his one-year sentence and a two-year ban on social media activities.

Sheibani-Zaveh and his family have faced increased mental, emotional, and physical pressures in recent days.

During a recent encounter with Branch 901's prosecutor, Sheibani-Zaveh questioned the repeated summons, to which the response was, "Your only presence here is a form of propaganda against the Islamic Republic."

Sources reveal that Sheibani-Zaveh was brought to court twice last week, each time in restraints, to address the new charges against him.

On May 5, during his second court appearance, he was told to silence his mother and cease sharing information about his situation.

Amir Sheibani-Zaveh, a long-time civil and political activist in Mashhad, has faced numerous arrests since 2009 due to his involvement in social movements.

Described as a staunch advocate for freedom and justice in Iran, Sheibani-Zaveh has consistently aligned himself with justice and freedom seekers, earning respect both inside and outside of prison.

Sources close to Sheibani-Zaveh report heightened mental and psychological strain during his current detention.

They reveal that authorities are subjecting him to relentless pressure, shuttling him between prison and the prosecutor's office in iron shackles, resulting in painful injuries to his legs.

Moreover, they are exerting pressure on him to silence his voice and curb his activism. Such tactics have taken a toll on Sheibani-Zaveh's health, with his blood pressure reportedly spiking to dangerous levels.

Amidst these challenges, security institutions have petitioned the Court of Appeal of the Fourth Branch of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court to escalate Sheibani-Zaveh's punishment.

Their justification? A social media post where Sheibani-Zaveh shared his final sentence, prompting threats against his family, particularly his mother, who defiantly asserts her fearlessness in the face of intimidation.

Branch 4 of the Mashhad Court of Appeals upheld the original verdict against political activist Sheibani-Zaveh.

He was sentenced to one year in prison, along with two years of travel and social activity bans, for allegedly engaging in "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" by communicating with families affected by violence.

Sheibani-Zaveh, based in Mashhad, confirmed the verdict via an Instagram video, revealing that authorities had opened a new case against him for similar charges.

Shortly after his transfer to prison, authorities escalated pressure, relocating him to a ward housing dangerous inmates.

Previously detained during nationwide protests, petitioners faced an initial eight-year sentence, later acquitted on appeal.

However, a subsequent case emerged due to his interactions with victims' families, resulting in a conviction for propaganda activities.

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