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Human Rights Defender Arash Sadeghi Released

2 May
Human Rights Defender Arash Sadeghi Released

Iran Human Rights (IHR); May 1, 2021: After spending five and a half years in prison, human rights defender Arash Sadeghi has been released from Rajai Shahr Prison following the implementation of the Sentence Reduction Directive.

According to Iran Human Rights, human rights defender Arash Sadeghi has been released after spending five and half years in prison, where he suffered with sick health and was denied medical care. He was released after the implementation of the Sentence Reduction Directive.

In his latest case, Arash Sadeghi was sentence to a total of 15 years imprisonment on charges of "assembly and conspiracy against national security, blasphemy and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic” by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, which was upheld on appeal.

Arash was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, for which he underwent surgery to remove a tumour from his shoulder. According to reports, despite the doctor’s orders that he be allowed to heal and recuperate in hospital after the surgery, security officials transferred him back to prison, causing infection and ultimately losing all mobility and feeling in his arm.