Reza Shahabi, labor activist and member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, was arrested on April 4th, 2018.
According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Reza Shahabi, labor activist and member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, who was released on March 13th, 1396, after appearing at the passport office to obtain his passport on Wednesday, April 4th, 1397, was arrested and transferred to Evin Prison. The reason for arrest is unknown.
Reza Shahabi’s previous Prison sentences were reinstated on the basis of decree 36 of the Appeals Court and, pursuant to Article 134 of the Consolidation Act. According to the court branch 36, he would have had to pay a fine of 7 million toman, and is barred from any union activity and presence in parties and groups for two years.
The trade unionist and Tehran Bus Company driver was arrested in May 2010 due to labor activities in the form of a “Workers’ Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company” and decree of Branch 15 The Tehran Revolutionary Court charged him with propaganda against the regime, the community and the collusion for the purpose of acting against national security and sentenced to six years in prison and five years of deprivation of social activities.
After a frequent hunger strike in Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons, he was released on August 5th, 2014 on a 200 million toman bail to pursue his illness. He has been free since then until October 2016 after which he was summoned again.
On February 5th, 2018, Reza Shahabi was transferred to hospital due to his health deterioration, and was returned to Evin Prison after medical examination and treatment. Three days later, on February 8, he was released from the Evin prison for medical treatment on bail. Despite the unfinished medical examinations, he returned to Evin Prison on Sunday 18th 2018.