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[Adapted from website:] The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 12 Khordad 1398 [2 June 2019]


A Member of Shiraz City Council Was Sent to Prison

Tehran – IRNA – Mehdi Hajati, a young member of the Shiraz City Council, who had been sentenced to one year in prison by the Shiraz Revolutionary Court on charges of propaganda against the regime, was sent to prison with [his conviction to be decided] by the Court of Appeal.

Mosayyeb Hajati, brother to Mehdi Hajati, announcing this news to the IRNA judicial reporter on Sunday, said, “A lawsuit was filed against my brother for supporting two activists of the Baha’i sect. The charges in this case were creating anxiety in public opinion, membership in national and religious dissident groups and propaganda against the regime.”

He said that [his brother had been acquitted in the public court of] creating anxiety in public opinion, leading to the verdict of innocence. He added, “The case of propaganda against the regime and membership in the opposition group was heard in the revolutionary court and finally, after two hearings, the court acquitted him of membership in the opposition group, [but it] sentenced him to one year of imprisonment and two years in exile for propaganda against the regime.”

Mehdi Hajati’s brother added, “We protested the ruling of the [Shiraz] Revolutionary Court and the case was heard in Branch 1 of the Provincial Court of Appeal. Yesterday, we received a text message regarding the verdict in the Court of Appeal. Around noon today, a text message was received referring the case to the Execution of Judgements.

He added, “At around 15:00 today, the execution officers came to my brother’s house and transferred him to [Adelabad] Prison.”

He said, “There is no doubt that my brother’s conviction has been confirmed, but we do not know whether the sentence has been confirmed or not.”