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Prisoner's mother rejects her own sentence of jail, lashes

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Simin Eyvazideh, the mother of political prisoner Omid Haghshenas, has been sentenced to 91 days in jail and 74 lashes.

Simin Eyvazideh pictured with her son Omid Haghshenas

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that Eyvazzadeh had until Saturday March 12 to appeal the sentence.

Eyvazzadeh told the campaign: "The charge against me has nothing to do with my actions; therefore, I do not accept the sentence and find it unfair and unreasonable and expect to be completely acquitted."

Eyvazzdeh was arrested in November along with 17 other citizens gathered in protest in front of Evin Prison. She was released on bail nine days later.

Last month, she was sentenced to 74 lashes and 91 days in jail for the charge of "disrupting public order by participating in illegal gatherings in support of the head of the Erfan Halgheh Cult."

Erfan Halgheh is a mystical view of life and healing presented and taught by Mohammad Ali Taheri, an Iranian scholar on alternative medicine. Taheri was arrested in 2010 for the charge of "insulting sanctities" and is serving his sentence in Evin Prison.

Omid Hagshenas is a children's rights activist who was arrested in September of 2013 and sentenced to 10 years in prison He has appealed his sentenced. In December, Haghshenas was released on bail pending the result of his appeal.

Activist describes menacing summons to court

Iranian political activist Heshamatollah Tabarzadi has been summoned to court for Wednesday March 16. Tabarzadi announced the news on social media, adding that if he is arrested, he will go on a hunger strike from the moment they take him.

Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

Tabatzadi writes: "They rang my bell today and two bearded motorcyclists with faces familiar to many of us said, we are from Evin Prison court and have a summons for Heshmat Tabarzadi. I said leave it there and go, I do not know you and won't open the door. They said you must sign it. I did not open and they kept coming back. They said come on Wednesday or a warrant will be issued. I said I have been the subject of many warrants. So they appear to have left."

Tabarzadi adds that whether he decides to go or not, he will not provide any information to any interrogator and will not put up any bail.

Tabarzadi is the secretary of the Democratic Front of Iran, an organization that has been targeted with arrests on several occasions in the recent years.

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