Madyar: In September 2008, security forces arrested Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami on his way to attend the remembrance ceremony of the mass executions of 1988 at Khavaran Cemetery. Jafar Eghdami was a human rights activist and a member of the Human Rights News Agency at the time of his arrest. Jafar Eghdami's health has deteriorated severely in prison and he has embarked on hunger strikes several times to protest lack of medical attention to his situation.
According to RAHANA, plainclothes forces first arrested Eghdami in July 1998, following Tehran University's [18 Tir] protests. He was released a month later. Security forces arrested Jafar Eghdami for a second time in 2001 for his political activities. He was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison. He spent four years of his sentence inside Rajaee Shahr Prison, and was released in 2007 when he completed his prison term.
Security forces arrested Jafar Eghdami for the third time in September 2008 on his way to Khavaran Cemetery for a remembrance gathering. He spent nine months in solitary cells inside the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 at Evin Prison under severe psychological pressure.
During an ambiguous judicial process, Branch 22 of Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Hamed Eghdami to an additional five years in prison in May 2011 on charges of "supporting the Mujahedin-e Khalgh" Organization. Following an appeal, Eghdami's case was overruled and returned to Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Moghisseh for a fresh review. During a minutes-long re-trial, Branch 28 increased his sentence to 10 years against the law. In October 2011, in an open letter, Jafar Eghdami described the unfair and illegal handling of his case by the Iranian Judiciary.
* Read more about Jafar Eghdami's case here
and on "Free Jafar Eghdami" Facebook page.
* Jafar Eghdami's recent letter to his parents from Rajee Shahr Prison.
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