Amir Hossein Moradi (25), Saeid Tamjidi (27), and Mohammad Rajabi (25) who were arrested during Iran protests in November 2019, are sentenced to death by the Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. They have also been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 222 lashes. They are held in Greater Tehran Prison. Their charges include “conspiracy to arson and destruction with intention of opposing Islamic Republic.”
One of the case attorneys confirmed the news to Human Rights Activists News Agency saying the ruling was given by the head of branch No.15 of Revolutionary Court, Abul Ghasem Salavati. In addition, Amir Hossein Moradi is sentenced to 15 years in prison and 74 lashes for “conspiracy to commit armed robbery causing distress at night”, and 1-year prison time for “leaving the country illegally”. Saeid Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi were each sentenced to 10 years in prison and 74 lashes for the same charge and 1-year non-suspended imprisonment for illegally leaving the country.
The three of them were accused of taking a camera from security officers at the protests. They were in courts on 25-26 January 2020.
Amir Hossein Moradi:
He was born August 6, 1994 in Tehran. He finished high school and had a computer/phone repair shop in Tehran.
He participated in the protests on November 16, 2019 around Syed Khandan Bridge. He was arrested 3 days later after being identified using security cameras. He was held in notorious section 240 of Evin prison, where he was under torture, and after the violet interrogations moved to Greater Tehran Prison. Mr Moradi was interrogated by Mr. Jafari.
A source close to the family of Mr. Moradi told HRNA, “Amir Hossein has told us when being interrogated, Amin Naseri used taser on him threatening him if he doesn’t confess to what they want he would spend more time in solitary confinement. He also has said, he was violently hit when in custody of Gisha Security Police demanding him to confess. After being moved to Evin, he’s been interrogated 13 times by MOIS agents promising he’d receive treatment if he confesses to what they want.”
This political prisoner has also said, he had a taser on him in the protests but they’ve added knife and machete to his belongings. He used the taser to take away the camera security forces were using to film protesters for future identification.
The judge has mentioned, being armed, fighting with security forces and acting as a leader for the protests, reasons for the death sentence. Amir Hossein is accused of teaching people on Telegram to take security forces’ cameras so they can’t film and identify protesters.
Mohammad Rajabi and Saeid Tamjidi:
They say the same thing about being violently hit when in custody of Gisha Security Police to forcefully confess.
A source close to them spoke to HRNA under the condition of anonymity: “They’ve told their families that accusations such as being part of MEK is untrue and they were forced to confess. They were hit with baton and kicked. They had no connections with MEK and are being accused so they could be hanged. They are being called apostate and MEK members but they were just young people tired of tyranny and poverty and wanted to have fundamental changes in society. They consider Islamic Republic as incompetent government and that’s why they took the streets.”
Saeid Tamjidi was born May 22, 1992 and a student of electrical engineering.
Mohammad Rajabi was born August 12, 1994. He finished high school.
They both left the country on November 20, 2019 to a neighbor on the west [most probably Turkey] and applied for refugee status but got arrested and deported to Iran on December 28, 2019. Mohammad Rajabi previously lived in Germany for a year.
On February 18, 2020 the Judiciary Spokesman who was speaking about the fate of protests’ detainees, in a mention of “Amir Almani” case (which was probably referring to this case) said, “A gang known as “Amir Almani” who were a bunch of thugs participating in protests was one of these groups.” He continued, “they burned down gas pumps and banks and filmed all of them, sending them to foreign media networks. They had escaped to Turkey but returned to Iran and got arrested.” Esmaeili added, “we found out in our investigations that the person called “Amir Almani” used to live in a refugee camp in Germany [Alman] and has had connection to MEK. This person and his gang were leaders of the protests and committed crimes.”
You can read more about November Iran Protests here.