A kangaroo court in mullah-controlled Iran has convicted a pro-democracy activist. According to Human Rights News Agency, the 4th Branch of the South Khorasan Province Appeals Court in eastern Iran confirmed the three years and 40 lashes sentence for an internet activist.
The 47-year-old man, identified as Hamidreza Adeli-Far was sentenced to nine months of prison for “spreading propaganda against the state”, 18 months of prison and a 3 million tomans ($119) fine for “publishing lies on cyberspace” and another nine months of prison, lashes and a 3.375 million tomans ($134) fine for keeping 7.5L of alcoholic beverage.
Adeli-Far was summoned to the Ferdows Branch Implementation Court for tomorrow, March 27.
According to the report, his sentence will be implemented on Saturday March 27.
Hamidreza Adeli-Far was detained in his home on April 29, 2020 by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence agents. He was released on bail one day later. He was also arrested in 2016 and sentenced to 18 months of prison in July 2017 for “spreading lies, disturbing public minds, and insulting the Islamic Republic’s Founder”.
Iran’s use of degrading punishments and torture
The Iranian regime is one of the few states that still uses degrading punishments, even though all international civil and political rights conventions have prohibited the use of inhumane punishments such as execution and flogging.
Flogging is regularly handed out by the regime to its political opponents including protesters, and dissidents. More than 100 “offenses” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offenses include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation, extramarital relationships, and fraud. They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations.
Iranian regime has bee applying extreme cruelty to political opponents, critics and pro-democracy forces with numerous forms of punishments, that include rape of female detainees inside prison, by the prison guards as well as members of notorious Revolutionary Guard.