Prosecutor General of Iran Denies Imprisonment of Missing Student Activist Arash Sadeghi

Daneshjoo News | In a press conference on September 9, 2013, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i, Prosecutor General of Iran, responded to a imagesquestion posed by a reporter about the situation and whereabouts of Arash Sadeghi. Eje’i denied the last confirmed report that Sadeghi is held in Evin Prison and claimed that he has no information about his fate. “It is said that this person is on hunger strike in Evin Prsion. However, there has been no such individual held in Evin Prison in 2012 or 2013. There was someone arrested under this name in 2010. He was sentenced to one year in prison and released after serving his sentence…”

A source close to Arash Sadeghi recently reported the reason behind his long detention in solitary confinement in Evin Prison is the complaint he lodged against the Ministry of Intelligence, holding this security body of the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for the death of his mother. According to the close source, Sadeghi’s resistance against pressures from Islamic Republic authorities to withdraw his complaint led the Ministry of Intelligence to take him hostage, and consequently they may reportedly hold Sadeghi hostage until he withdraws his claim.

In November 2010, Sadeghi’s mother suffered a heart attack and died following a night raid on her home by security agents who were looking to arrest her son. In an interview with Rooz, Sadeghi, who was released from prison at the time, described the raid: “Around 4:00 am security agents visited our home, but since no one answered the door, they broke a window and used the key that was on the other side of the door’s lock in order to enter our home. They yelled and caused much commotion, terrorizing our home as they performed a search. My mother suffered a heart attack and fell off her bed when they broke into our home…She died four days later in the hospital.”

Arash Sadeghi is a Master’s student in Philosophy, a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign, and a member of the Allamehdownload Tabatabai University Central Islamic Student Union,. His first arrest occurred in July 2009, in the wake of popular protests that followed Iran’s 2009 election for presidency. He was released on bail after 50 days of detention, but authorities arrested him again in December 2009 and released him on bail in March 2010. He was arrested for the third time on January 15, 2012 and, according to the last published interview with Sadeghi’s father and lawyer, has since been held in Ward/Section 209 of  Evin Prison.

Sadeghi was tried in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court by Judge PirAbbasi on charges of “Collusion and conspiracy to act against the regime”, and “Propaganda against the regime”. He was sentenced to six years in prison and 74 lashes. His sentenced was reduced to five years in prison by the Appeals Court.

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