Student activists sent to jail
The Iranian judiciary has confirmed the prison sentences of Iranian student activists Kouhyar Goudarzi and Amir Garshasbi.
The Human Rights Reporters Committee website quotes Goudarzi’s lawyer, who said on Saturday that his client’s five-year prison sentence in exile in Zabol has been approved by the appellate court.
Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabyi stated that the final verdict was “unfair”, and despite his efforts to point out the irregularities in the proceedings, the Ministry of Intelligence had been extremely senstitive about this case.
Goudarzi, a former aeronautics student at Sharif University in Tehran and a member of the Human Rights Reporters Committee and the student Organizations Danesh Amoukhtegan, was arrested in December of 2009 while on his way to the funeral of dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri in Qom.
He was sentenced to one year in jail and released after he served his sentence.
He was arrested again, however, in August 2011 in Tehran, and within a few hours his mother, Parvin Mokhtareh, was arrested in Kerman.
While Mokhtareh was given a suspended sentence of 23 months in jail and was released on bail of 5.4 million toumans, Goudarzi was held in jail for eight months and finally released on bail of 100 million toumans.
Meanwhile, the Kaleme website reports that Amir Garshasbi, an electronics student at Shiraz Sanati University, was handed a three-year sentence and has been transferred to Evin Prison to serve it out.
He was charged with “assembly and collusion with the aim of disturbing national security.”
Garshasbi was also arrested in December of 2009 in the mass protests against the controversial presidential elections that were marred by allegations of vote rigging.
Reports also indicate that Mansour Naghipour, a member of Human Rights Activists Organization who was sentenced to seven years in jail, together with Abtin Jahanian and Ashkan Alahyari, who were given jail sentences of three years and one year respectively for participating in demonstrations, have been sent to Evin to serve out their sentences.