“I Am Not a Criminal. I Will Not Request Pardon,” Says Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi, the deputy director of the Defenders of Human Rights Center  (DHRC) who was sentenced to six years in prison on 5 March by an appeals court, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that she did not request a pardon, as all DHRC activities were based on the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In October 2011, Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to 11 years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Center,” and “propagating against the regime.” Branch 54 of Tehran Appeals Court later reduced her sentence to six years in prison. Mohammadi’s lawyer was informed of her sentence two months after it had been issued.

The now-banned Defenders of Human Rights Center was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, Abdolfattah Soltani, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Mohammad Seifzadeh, and Mohammad Sharif. Security forces closed the center in 2008 and have since targeted many of its members, including Narges Mohammadi.

Regarding her ruling, Mohammadi told the Campaign:

The Appeals Court issued its ruling on 15 January, but for unknown reasons, the ruling for my six year sentence was served to my lawyer two days after the elections on 4 March. This ruling is final and whenever I am summoned by the Sentence Enforcement Unit, I will have to turn myself in at Evin Prison.

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