Kian sentenced by Revolutionary Court to "more than 12 years" in prison: Family and friends denounce unlawful sentence and demand Kian's immediate release
Family and friends of Iranian American detainee Kian Tajbakhsh are shocked and outraged by the news that he has been unjustly sentenced in an extra-judicial proceeding to more than 12 years in prison and are demanding his immediate release. Kian has endured solitary confinement in an undisclosed location for nearly four months broken only by long hours of interrogations without access to his own lawyer and with only occasional brief, supervised contact with family members, who remain extremely concerned about his mental and physical well-being.
The baffling charges being lodged by the Revolutionary Court linking Kian together with high-ranking Iranian reformists purportedly plotting to overthrow the regime with American support are entirely baseless. As an independent scholar Kian is neither a member of the Iranian reformist movement nor in contact with any foreign headquarters inside or outside Iran, and has had no involvement in pre- or post-election unrest.
Kian has been denied access to his own legal representation and the Swiss consulate, but was nevertheless convicted within the context of an extra-judicial show trial.
Therefore, attempts by Iran's judiciary to block his release despite the efforts of senior Iranian officials to free him clearly violate not only Iran's international legal obligations but also the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
... Payvand News - 10/25/09 ... --