Neda Naji, one of the Labor Day detainees was sentenced to five and a half years in prison by the judiciary. On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, a trial was held in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Evin Prison for her case and the charges against this prisoner detained in women ward of Evin Prison.
Neda Naji’s husband, Jamal Ameli, wrote on his Twitter page: “After 218 days of detention, Neda Naji’s sentence was issued today. Five years and six months in prison for participating in a peaceful Labor Day rally.”
According to the report, Neda Naji was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of “insulting public servants” and five years in prison for “conspiracy and collusion “. According to Article 5 of the Islamic Penal Code, only five years of the sentences will be enforceable.
Neda Naji was charged with “gathering and colluding”, “propaganda against the system”, “disturbing public order” and “disobeying the orders of the agents”. During an examination session at Evin Public Prosecutor’s Office, the charges were communicated to her on Monday, July 8th, 2019.
Neda Naji was arrested on May 1st, the International Labor Day, and was transferred from Ward 209 of Ministry of Intelligence in Evin Prison to Gharchak Varamin Prison on June 15th. She was transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
Amnesty International on Neda Naji’s birthday, launched an online campaign calling on the Islamic Republic’s judicial authorities to release the prisoner, along with three other labor rights activists, Atefeh Rangriz, Anisha Asadollahi and Marzieh Amiri.
All the detainees have been released on bail, but Neda Naji is among those still in prison.