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Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is jailed labour and children’s rights activist and a member of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran.
He was coming towards the end of one prison sentence, but is now facing a new term of imprisonment.
Urgent solidarity action is required.
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Sayyid Ali Khamenei -
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, is a jailed labour activist who is coming towards the end of one prison sentence, and is now facing a new term of imprisonment.
Currently he is an Iranian prison having already served four and a half years of a five year sentence. He was arrested by security forces on 12th June 2010 and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court for allegedly threatening national security for organizing workers’ protests. Later, an appeal court reduced his sentence to 5 years imprisonment. Last year he went on hunger strike to demand a transfer back to a medical wing of Evin prison in north Tehran and to receive medical treatment for his longstanding health problems.
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was transferred to ward 209 in Evin prison in north Tehran after the incidents occurred in ward 350 of the same jail in April last year. At the same time, his home was searched and the Ministry of Intelligence opened a new case against Behnam.
Subsequently on 29 December 2014 Behnam was tried in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, presided over by Judge Salavati, on new charges of communicating, from prison, with Ahmad Shahid (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran) and with a political organization. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was sentenced to nine and a half years imprisonment - we believe as a matter of law to be illegal and an abuse of process.
We demand that this latest conviction is overturned and that Behnam is released.