The Latest Report about Imprisoned Couples, Zahra Zare Seraji and Morteza Nazar Sadhi

Zahra Zare Seraji, a prisoner held in Gharchak Prison who has been on hunger strike since November 24th, 2019, protesting the lack of proper separation of criminals and lack of access to safe drinking water, was taken to hospital on December 1st, 2019. Ms. Zare Seraji was arrested after appearing at Baharestan sentencing enforcement unit and taken to Gharchak Prison in Varamin, on September 28th, 2019.

Morteza Nazar Sadhi, the husband of this prisoner who is serving his sentence in Evin Prison, in protest to the judicial authorities’ failure to transfer his wife from Gharchak Prison to Evin Prison, has again started a hunger strike on Monday December 2nd, 2019.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Zahra Zare Seraji, a political prisoner imprisoned in Gharchak Prison, who was on a hunger strike since December 1st, 2019, was transferred to Gharchak Prison health clinic for her poor physical condition.

According to the report, Ms. Zare Seraji was diagnosed with epilepsy and has to take two doses of Deppakin daily.

Morteza Nazari Sadhi, a political prisoner held in Evin, has gone on hunger strike again on Monday, December 2nd, 2019, protesting judicial authorities’ failure to transfer his wife from Gharchak Prison to Evin Prison.

The prisoner had earlier gone on hunger strike on Monday, November 11th, 2019, for authorities failure to comply with the rule of separating criminals and other prisoners in the Gharchak Women’s Prison in relation to his wife’s situation, lack of access to telephone, and failure on transferring his wife to Evin Prison. With the promise of authorities to attend his demands, he ended his hunger strike on November 22nd, 2019.

Ali Sharifzadeh, the defense lawyer for Morteza Nazari Sadhi and his wife, Zahra Zare Seraji, wrote on his personal page about the legal status of the couple in prison: They were tried by the Revolutionary Court of Baharestan for the charges “forming an illegal group”, “spreading false information in cyberspace” and “propaganda against the system”. During the court ruling, Morteza Nazari Sadhi was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment, 2 years of exile, and a fine. Zahra Zarei Seraji for the same charges were sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and a fine.

“In February 2018, after a hearing, the appeals court upheld my clients’ sentences and sentenced them to two years imprisonment.”

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