Two Death Sentences, Eighty-Eight Years Imprisonment and Lashes for Three Brothers

The Revolutionary Court and Shiraz Criminal Court sentenced three brothers who were arrested during nationwide protests in August 2018 to death, imprisonment, and flogging in separate trials.

Navid, Vahid and Habib Afkari Sangari, three brothers arrested during the August 2018 nationwide protests, were tried separately by the Revolutionary Court and the Shiraz Criminal Court on charges of “forming a group”, “killing a security force”, “participating in protests”, and … They were sentenced to a total of two death sentences, 88 years in prison, and 222 lashes. According to the verdict, Navid (Farshid) Afkari was sentenced to 2 executions, 6 years and 6 months imprisonment and 74 lashes, Vahid Afkari to 54 years and 6 months imprisonment and 74 lashes and Habib Afkari to 27 years and 3 months imprisonment and 74 lashes.

The accusations leveled against the Afkari Sangari brothers include “corrupted through the formation and management of a group of four dissidents with the intention of disrupting the security of the country” and the murder of a Basij member named Hassan Turkman.

According to reports, Navid and Vahid Afkari were arrested on Monday, September 17, 2018, and Habib Afkari on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Reports indicate that Navid and Vahid Afkari were severely beaten at the Shiraz Intelligence Office with the intention of obtaining forced confessions.

The case of Navid and Vahid Afkari is pending in the 1st and 2nd Criminal Courts of Fars Province, with the presence of an assigned lawyer.

Habib Afkari’s case is being heard in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz without the presence of a lawyer.

Navid (Farshid) Afkari, born in 1993, single, a plasterer and a wrestler (with several national championship medals), was sentenced to 2 death sentences, 6 years and 6 months in prison, and 74 lashes.

Vahid Afkari Sangari, born in 1985, single, a plasterer, was sentenced to 54 years and 6 months in prison and 74 lashes.

Habib Afkari Sangari, born in 1991, married, and a plasterer, was sentenced to 27 years and 3 months in prison and 74 lashes.

The verdicts against the Afkari brothers have been upheld by the Supreme Court, and in recent days, prisoners and their lawyers have been notified.

The request for a retrial in the cases of the three brothers has been rejected and their cases are still pending in the Revolutionary Court on several other charges.

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