All Detainees were Freed from Mashhad Cultural Gatherings

On Monday, November 5th, 2018, a number of Mashhad residents and educational professors gathered in front of the hospital, include the family of Hashem Khastar, a retired teacher who was detained and transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Mashhad by security forced on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, on Monday November 5th, 2018, several people including the wife and two children of Hashem Khastar, were arrested while gathering in front of the Mashhad Ibn Sinai hospital, and were all released after hours of interrogation.

According to the informed source, “The 12 detainees who went to the hospital and were arrested, including Jahed and Ahmad, the children of Mr. Hashim, as well as his wife, Ms. Malayifard and her friends, Mr. Lotfinia and Mr. Yazdi, as well as other detainees who were his coworkers, were all released. “

“Of course, the detainees were taken to a police station in the afternoon and from there were transferred to the security police. Security guards tried to force the detainees to sign a paper, which no detainee was willing to sign.”

The security forces promised the family and the educational colleagues that they will release Mr. Khastar tomorrow afternoon.

It should be noted that on Tuesday, October 23st, 2018, the news about the “disappearance” of this civil activist was published in cyberspace.

Hashem Khastar is a retired teacher and representative of teachers at the Cultural Center of Mashhad. He has long been faced with various verdicts by the Mashhad Revolutionary Court.

This civil activist, after eight days in Mashhad Revolutionary Court, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment on charges of “acting against national security” in 2004. The sentence was increased to three years of imprisonment later on.

He spent a two-year prison term in Vakilabad prison without a single day of prison leave and spent another 45 days in Vakilabad prison for writing a letter about his prison sentence.

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