Zahra Akbari-nejad Dorcheh is the wife of political prisoner Abolghasem Fouladvand who is presently detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, also known as Rajaiishahr Prison. She was arrested last year on July 23, 2019, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry, but was later released on bail until her sentence is issued by the court.
Farangis Mazloum was arrested at her sister’s home on July 22, 2019 and taken to Ward 209 of Evin Prison where she was tortured despite being very ill, to the extent that she went on hunger strike in protest.
Ms. Mazloum was eventually released on October 8, 2019 on a 250-million-toman bail until her legal proceedings were finalized.
Former political prisoner Sedigheh Moradi had been previously arrested in 2011 and charged with Moharebeh (waging war on God) and with having contact with opposition groups. Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 10 years in prison and exile to Gohardasht Prison. The Court of Appeals upheld her sentence.
Along with these women political prisoners, Dr. Hani Yazarlou, a veteran political activist, and his son, Hood Yazarlou, were sentenced to one year in prison and MohammadVali Gholamnejad, and Mehdi Khavas Sefat were also sentenced to 95 days on similar charges.
In a previous case in July 2019, she had been sentenced to three years and seven months in prison, and recently, on July 4, she was sentenced to another 2 years and 74 lashes.
After hearing of her new sentence, this resilient political prisoner wrote, “I should have been released today after almost five years behind bars, but everyone knows that as long as the Islamic Republic exists, Iran is a prison everywhere.” "I am free today because being free does not necessarily mean that you should be on the other side of the bars. Every new sentence affirms that I am free. And I will stand to the end and until I am alive"/
Ensieh Daemi, Atena’s sister tweeted, “The interrogator told Atena, ‘You have become numb towards prison sentences. We will have new plans for you.’ And this is why they added flogging to your prison sentence.”
The full text of the letter Atena Daemi sent out of Evin Prison is as follows:
I was due to be released today after almost five years behind bars. But everyone knows that as long as the Islamic Republic exists, Iran is a prison everywhere. But I am free, so much that they keep thinking they have to imprison me with a new sentence. These sentences sound ridiculous to me, even the lashes!
I mourned for the people who were killed in the November 2019 uprising, then they accused me of dancing in the month of Muharram!
Yes, I mourned for the innocent people oppressed in our time and I accept the flogging sentence for it.
Good for the man who will strike the lashes. There is a proverb that says, “That who hits once, would receive two hits in return.”
They have been flogging people for a lifetime. These lashes are nothing compared to the numerous bullets which have pierced the hearts and heads of our people for 40 years.
I am willing to sacrifice for the families who have lost their loved ones, and those whose blood has been spilt.
These sham trials and the verdicts they have issued against me are so ridiculous that I don’t even think about them and I won’t appeal. Let them have more time to fabricate more cases against me.
Strength and resilience, message of Atena Daemi from inside prison
I am free today because being free does not necessarily mean that you should be on the other side of the bars. Every new sentence affirms that I am free. And I will stand to the end and until I am alive.
Atena Daemi – Evin Prison – July 2020