16 separate charges and continued pressure on Bahareh Hedayat for televised confessions

Feb 19, 20100 comments

19 Feb 2010

An informed source who is a student activist told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that over the past few days, student activist Bahareh Hedayat has been informed of 16 separate charges against her. The Tehran Prosecutor Jafari Dowlatabadi has described Bahareh Hedayat’s charges “very heavy.” Some of the charges are: “Propagation against and blackwashing of the regime,” “Active participation in gatherings after the elections,” “interviews with and news propagation to foreign press,” “insulting the Leader,” “insulting the President,” “Mutiny and congregation and actions against national security.” Hedayat was arrested on December 31, 2009. Simultaneously, Morteza Semyari, student activist and member of the Central Council of Daftar e Tahkim e Vahdat, has also been sentenced to six years in prison. According to this source, security sources have been putting pressure on Bahareh Hedayat and other imprisoned members of the Daftar e Tahkim e Vahdat student organization to announce the organization’s dissolution. Hedayat was able to meet her family yesterday through a booth. Iran’s Ministry of Information is in charge of her arrest and interrogation. Morteza Semyari, the 24-year-old Social Affairs Secretariat of Daftar e Tahkim e Vahdat who was arrested on January 4, 2010 for a meeting he never had with European Parliament delegates, has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on charges of “actions against national security,” and one year’s imprisonment for “propagation against the regime.” According to a student activist who has been following his case, completely against the law and standard procedure, the judge’s reasoning and documentation for these sentences have not been provided. This student activist believes, however, that Semyari has received the six year sentence for his legal and peaceful activities within the National Association of Islamic Student Organizations, Daftar e Tahkim e Vahdat, and also for an unrealized meeting with an EU Parliament delegation. Yesterday Semyari was moved from solitary confinement in Security Ward 240 of Evin Prison to a shared cell within Ward 209.

Source: http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/02/16-separate-charges-and-continued-pressure-on-bahareh-hedayat-for-televised-confessions/