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Iranian Labour Activist Sentenced to Six Years in Prison


Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Iranian judiciary has sentenced labour activist Reza Shahabi to six years in jail and a five-year ban from labour activism. Shahabi was arrested in June of 2010 and has been held in custody ever since.

Reza Shahabi

The committee for the defence of Reza Shahabi says the activist, who was an executive member of the Vahed bus drivers' union, was sentenced to one year in jail for "propaganda activities against the regime" and another five years for "collusion to act against national security."

He has also been reportedly sentenced to return the seven million toumans that had been collected from numerous workers and distributed among the families of imprisoned workers.

Shahabi's family stresses that all his activities were labour-oriented and that he has committed no security offences.

Shahabi is also suffering from severe medical conditions and is in need of extensive medical treatment, which has been completely ignored by the prison authorities.

In addition to Shahabi, Ebrahim Madadi another executive member of the Vahed bus drivers' union, has been in jail since 2007 charged with security offences.

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