Iran: Jailed activist ends hunger strike after wife’s release

Following the Twitter campaign, Maryam Abdi, a civil rights activist in Iran, tweeted on Saturday that Sadeghi’s lawyer, Amir Raeesian, had been informed that Sadeghi and his wife would be released if he stopped his hunger strike. Amnesty International called the conviction “ludicrous” and the trial “farcical”. Hundreds of Iranians gathered on Monday for a demonstration outside Evin prison, where the couple were being held. Such protests have been rare in Iran after violence that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election. “It was supposed to solve the case resorting to prudence, in a way that would not be misused by enemies”, Parsai said, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency. Activist Arash Sadeghi, 36, was sentenced to a 19-year prison term in 2015 for “acting against national security, spreading lies in cyberspace, and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic”. The London-based advocacy group has said Sadeghi’s charges stem in part from his communication with them. Mr. Sadeghi’s wife, Golrokh Iraee, has been also sentenced to six years of jail and imprisoned on the charge of insulting “the leader and the regime” and for writing an unpublished story against the inhumane punishment of stoning. “Neither she nor her husband, Arash Sadeghi, should have ever been forced to spend a single minute behind bars”. The arrests accelerated with Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. She was jailed a year ago on the basis of an unpublished story she had written about the stoning to death of a woman accused of adultery. She is scheduled to appear at an appeals court hearing Wednesday, he said. At least eight political prisoners in Iran were on “life-threatening hunger demand better conditions and reviews of their unjust prison sentences”, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said in a December statement. “The representative of the prosecutor met with Sadeghi several times, during which he was told to end the hunger strike”.


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