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A court in northern Iran has sentenced two student activists to a total of 72 lashes.
The Shahroud Criminal Court has sentenced 25-year-old Milad Nazeri and 26-year-old Seyed Shabir Hosseini Nik to a total of 72 lashes for their social media posts.
The two activists are students at Shahroud University of Technology Central Campus in northern Iran.
According to the verdict which was initially issued on December 29, 2020, the two student activists were sentenced to 36 lashes each for “participation in spreading lies with the intention of disturbing public opinion through the Telegram channel of the University’s Student Association”.
Mohammad Ali Kamfiroozi, the lawyer of the two student activists, in a tweet said that the sentence had been finalized in recent days.
He said their case has been ongoing for three years.
According to Mohammad Ali Kamfirouzi, the lashing sentence was finalized despite the fact that after three years, they were not officially charged, and it is not clear what “lies” were spread by the students.
Iran’s pensioners and retirees held their fourth round of nationwide protests on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in 22 cities around the country. They called for the boycott of the regime’s sham presidential elections.
In Tehran, Iran’s pensioners and retirees including many women marched from the mullahs’ parliament to the Department of Budget, with chants of: “People join us, our pain is your pain.”
Iran’s retirees in Karaj
They also chanted: “We will not vote anymore, we have not seen any justice,” “Only by taking to the street we can obtain our rights,” “Our baskets are empty, enough of oppression,” “Enough of hollow promises, our baskets are empty,” and “We will not vote anymore, we have heard enough lies.”
Iranian authorities have sentenced two protesters arrested during the November 2019 anti-government protests that swept across Iran.
Jalal Namdari and Saeed Khaledi, were sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison on the charges of participating in the protests that erupted that erupted in November 2019 over gasoline prices.
Based on the court’s verdict, Khaledi is sentenced to three years in prison for “acting against the national security and cooperation with dissident opposition groups” and another year for “spreading propaganda against the establishment.”
Baha’i citizens in Iran are facing a new wave of arrests and raids on their homes in several cities across the country.
In the past days, dozens of Baha’i citizens have been detained or summoned to begin their prison terms over their religious faith. Some have been harassed by the state security forces who raided and searched their homes.
On March 27, five Bahai women were summoned to serve their prison terms in Mashhad, northeastern Iran. They were told to present themselves within 10 days to serve their sentences. The five women were identified as Nika Pakzadan, Faraneh Daneshgari, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nekisa Hajipour, and Naghmeh Zabihian.
In October 2020, the five Iranian Bahai women were sentenced to one year of prison each by the 3rd Branch of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court, also upheld by an appeals court, for “spreading propaganda against the state by being Bahai”.