Ali Nourizad went to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary to begin serving his incarceration

Ali Nourizad, the son of political prisoner Mohammad Nourizad, was moved to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary to serve a sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Ali Nourizad, who had previously been sentenced to 3 and a half years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, was arrested on Saturday, October 3rd (2020), after appearing in the Enforcement of Sentences Bureau in the Evin Court, and was transferred to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary to serve his sentence.

Ali Nourizad was arrested and transferred to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary after he, along with his mother Fatemeh Maleki and his lawyer Mr. Aghasi, went to the Enforcement of Sentences Bureau in the Evin Court, according to reports received.

Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Iman Afshari, issued a lawsuit against Ali Nourizad on Tuesday, April 21 (2020), sentencing him to 4 years and 2 months incarceration and 2 years of deprivation of membership in political parties, groups and factions on charges of “assembly and conspiracy to commit a crime against national security” through participating in gatherings in July 2020, “propaganda activities against the state”, and “insulting the leadership.”

This sentence is preliminary and according to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code and the aggregation of sentences, if the sentence is upheld by the Court of Appeals, only 3 years and 6 months of it will be enforced as the maximum punishment.

According to the available evidence, this sentence was issued in absentia and Ali Nourizad was notified when he went to the Revolutionary Court on Tuesday.

Ali Nourizad was also acquitted in the lawsuit of insulting the leadership he had previously faced.

His father, Mohammad Nourizad, a documentary filmmaker and writer critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was arrested by security forces on Sunday, August 11, 2019, along with at least 10 civil and political activists who planned to hold a protest gathering in front of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Mashhad, northeastern Iran.

Mohammad Nourizad, along with thirteen civil and political activists inside the country signed a joint statement (known as 14 activists) on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and published it on his Telegram and Facebook pages, calling for Ali Khamenei to resign from the leadership and the change of the constitution.

Branch 35 of the Court of Appeals of Razavi Khorasan Province issued a lawsuit on Sunday, March 29, 2020, sentencing Mohammad Nourizad to 7 years and 6 months in prison on charges of membership in opposition groups with the intention of disrupting the country’s security, 1 year and 6 months in prison on charges of propaganda activities against the state, two counts imprisonment each for 3 years on charges of insulting the leadership and as an additional punishment to 2 years banishment to Izeh (in Khuzestan Province) and a 2-year ban from leaving the country.

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