Iranian Regime Sentences 4 Bloggers to Total of 124 Lashes
They will receive 124 lashes for “propaganda against the regime.”
4 Iranian bloggers will receive a total of 124 lashes and 8 and a half years in jail for “spreading lies” and “propaganda against the regime” among other charges.
Rooz Online reported:
A criminal court in Tehran sentenced 4 bloggers to a total of 8.5 years of prison terms and 124 lashes. Bloggers Javad Gholam Tamimi, Shahram Rafizadeh, Rouzbeh Mir Ebrahimi and Omid Memarian received the sentences four years after their release on bail.
Ebrahimi, who has already spent several months in solitary confinement received a 2 year and 2 day prison sentence plus 84 lashes. “We will appeal the verdict within the designated time period one hundred percent and reveal necessary facts about this case. This verdict has no merit and is based only on previous confessions which were extracted under torture and in solitary confinement,” he told Rooz…
Details of the Sentence
The sentence, signed by “Judge Hosseini” and forwarded to some of the attorneys of the bloggers and journalists, provides that defendants in the bloggers case are charged with “authoring and publishing articles in counter-revolutionary blogs and websites.”
The verdict refers to defense arguments put forward by Shirin Ebadi, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Nasreen Sotudeh and Nemat Ahmadi (who represented the four bloggers individually) as “unconvincing defense by attorneys” and announces that in accordance with “defendants’ confessions” and “evidence presented in the case” the following verdicts are issued for the four defendants: first defendant Javad Gholam Tamimi is sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison and 10 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “treason against country,” “propaganda against regime” and “spreading lies;” second defendant Shahram Rafizadeh is sentenced to 9 months in prison and 20 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “spreading lies” and “disrupting public order;” third defendant Rouzbeh Mir Ebrahimi is sentenced to 2 years and 2 days in prison and 84 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “insulting supreme leader,” “spreading lies” and “disrupting public order;” and fourth defendant Omid Memarian is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, 10 lashes and 500 thousand Tomans in fines for “membership in illegal groups,” “participation in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “spreading lies” and “possession of playing cards,” which the judge refers to as “gambling tools.”