Amir Rayiesian, the lawyer for Leila Hossainzadeh, a student activist and anthropologist at the University of Tehran, announced that her appeal had been held at Branch 36 of the Appeals Court.
According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, today, October 22nd, 2018, the appeal for Leila Hossainzadeh, an activist and student of anthropology at Tehran University, was held. In the initial court, Leila Hossainzadeh was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment and a two-year ban on exile by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court under the chairmanship of Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh.
Amir Rayiesian, Leila Hossainzadeh’s defense lawyer, assessed the court space based on communication and goodwill in a positive manner, and expressed hope that the initial ruling would be seriously reviewed.
Leila Hossainzadeh, a student at Tehran University, was arrested on January 1st, 2016, in front of her home during student protests.
This civil activist was released on bail from Evin Prison on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.
Leyla Hossainzadeh was among dozens of student activists arrested in Iran at the same time that the protests began in early 2018.
Hassan Rouhani’s government security forces arrested at least 90 students in different cities of Iran from January 1st to 5th.
Some of these detained students were not involved in the protests and security guards arrested them at their place of residence.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, during his campaign said that instead of adding security forces to the university, he was going to create a secure university environment for teachers and students. On October 29th, 2017, in a ceremony to introduce his new minister of education to the congress, he again emphasized on safe schools instead of bringing security forces to the schools and said: “Everything in the 2013 and 2017 elections was about the secure university environment, the free space, and the necessary security for the student and the professor, the president and the twelfth government will continue to be loyal to this promise. I will not compromise. “
In the January protests, a large number of people were arrested and interrogated in various cities. During these protests, at least 25 people were killed and around 5,000 were arrested throughout Iran.
Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli acknowledged in his latest conversation that “The January 2018 protests occurred in 100 Iranian cities, and protests in 40 of these cities were violent.”