Iran Regime Arrests Civil Rights Activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee
Civil Rights Activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee
Civil rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested on Saturday, November 9 at her home in Tehran. The former political prisoner is the wife of cancer-stricken political prisoner Arash Sadeghi and was campaigning on Twitter for his release and access to medical treatment.
At least 10 male security agents raided her house and took her into custody.
On June 18, 2019, the regime’s Tehran Revolutionary Court examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention over the execution of three Kurdish dissidents.
In mid-July 2019, Judge Iman Afshari of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced Daemi and Iraee each to three years and seven months in prison for “insulting the supreme leader” (two years and one month) and “propaganda against the state” (one year and six months).
They have to serve at least two years and one month of that sentence according to Article 134 of the Iranian regime’s Islamic Penal Code, which requires defendants to serve the maximum punishment for the charge that carries the longest sentence in cases involving multiple sentences.
On September 5, 2019, Amir Raissian, lawyer of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, announced that the same verdict had been upheld in the revision stage without being further examined, according to human rights group Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM).
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was first arrested by the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence division on September 6, 2014, along with her husband and two other activists. She was held for three weeks in the IRGC Intelligence Ward 2A in Evin Prison and subsequently released on September 27, 2014, on an 800 million rial bail for her activities on Facebook. She was later sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on charges of “insulting sanctities” and “propaganda against the state.”
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On October 24, 2016, her residence was stormed by security forces and she was taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Her husband, Arash Sadeghi, went on a hunger strike in protest, and after 72 days, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was released on January 3, 2017.
On January 22, 2017, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested again as she was heading to the hospital where her imprisoned husband was supposed to be examined.
Iraee was released on bail in April 2019 after serving three and a half years of a six-year prison sentence primarily for writing an unpublished story about stoning in Iran.
Her husband, civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi, has been serving a 15-year prison sentence for peaceful political activities since 2016 and is in poor health following a cancer operation last year.