MEK Affiliates Sentenced to Death, Imprisonment for Anti-regime Activism
On Sunday, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court handed down prison sentences to four men affiliated with the MEK. One of these men was condemned to death after the completion of his sentence.
Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, head of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, sentenced Abdullah Ghasempour, 34, to death and an eight-year prison term on charges of “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.” Moghiseh is known for his cruelty in cracking down on any voice of opposition against the regime.
#Iran's Regime Sentences 4 #MEK Activists to Execution, Imprisonment
Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on Sunday sentenced four men affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (#PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) to prison and or death. https://t.co/Niq8SwzBNX pic.twitter.com/dUoFMeYIYl
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) May 20, 2019
Ghasempour was accused of setting fire to a Basij base, filming his actions, and sending the footage to MEK for media distribution.
Abdullah’s brother, 32-year-old Mohammad Hossein Ghasempour, 30-year-old Alireza Habibian, and 34-year-old Akbar Dalir were each given five-and-a-half-year prison sentences for “assembly and collusion.” They are currently being held in Ward Four of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
The four men were arrested on May 21, 2018, and transferred to Evin Prison, where they were held for almost a year before standing trial.
The Basij Force is a paramilitary guard that is an affiliate with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which was recently designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The Basiji and the IRGC are responsible for a large number of repressive actions and human rights violations in Iran.
Recent Arrests of MEK Affiliates
This followed an announcement from regime Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi saying that 116 teams associated with the MEK had been arrested over the past year and a subsequent statement from the Director General of the Intelligence Ministry in East Azerbaijan Province announcing that there had been 110 arrests and encounters with the MEK in his province in 2018.
The actual number of arrests is much higher, as these numbers do not account for arrests by the regime’s other repressive organs, such as the IRGC, IRGC intelligence, local law enforcement, and prosecutors.
On April 23rd, the MEK released a list of activists that have been detained for affiliation to the MEK. The following are the names and known information of the detainees:
- Farshad Etemadifar, 24, Gachsaran, June 2018;
- Omid Javid Nasab, 20, Gachsaran, June 2018;
- Farshad, 21, Gachsaran, June 2018;
- Farshid Baharan, 21, Yasouj, Khordad 2018;
- Mehrzad Baharan, 27, Yasouj, June 2018;
- Amir Ramin Fard, 38, Tabriz, June 2018
- Shahyad Ghanavati, 32, Ahvaz, September 2018;
- Afshin Barzegar Jamshidi, 29, September 2018;
- Majid Mahmoudian, 37, Tabriz, September 2018;
- Mohammad Reza Hasan Maleki, 33, Semnan, October 2018;
- Zarir Hadipour, 56, Kohdasht, October 2018;
- Farhang Khorshidi, 41, Kohdasht, October 2018;
- Alireza Barzegar, 40, Karaj, October 2018;
- Pouriya Vahidian, Tehran, November 2018;
- Manoochehr Farhadi, 50, Isfahan, February 2019;
- Seyyed Mehdi Vafaie, 35, Tehran, February 2019;
- Hossein Noori Derakhshan, 36, Tehran, February 2019;
- Hamid Kashani, Ghaemshahr, February 2019;
- Vahid Bani Ameriyan, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
- Pooya Ghobadi, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
- Sina Zahiri, 36, Tehran, March 2019;
- Mohsen Farid, 44, Tehran, March 2019;
- Parsa Sedighi Hamedani, 24, with her sister, Urmia, 22, March 2019;
- Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, 60, Urmia, March 2019;
- Afshin Shahsavari, 27, Tehran, March 2019;
- Abbas Shahbazi, 41, Ahvaz, March 2019;
- Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019; and
- Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019.