Seven Iranian political activists have been sentenced to prison on trumped-up charges by Judge Seyyed Ali Mazloum of Branch 29 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court.
Farangis Masloumi was sentenced to six years for “propaganda activities against the system and for the benefit of dissident groups” and “assembly and collusion to commit a crime through contacting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)”.
Dr. Hani and Mr. Houd Yazerlou were each sentenced to one year for “propaganda activities against the system and for the benefit of dissident groups”. The father and son are political activists who have before been arrested on several occasions, with the younger serving three years in prison before for "acting against national security".
Zahra Akbari, Mohammad Vali Gholamnezhad, Sedighe Moradi, and Mehdi Khavas Sefat were sentenced to 95 days in prison each for “propaganda activities against the system and for the benefit of dissident groups”.
Sedighe Moradi was imprisoned before in the 1980's and in 2011, she was brutally tortured for seven months in an attempt to obtain a forced and taped confession. Her husband Mehdi Sefat was also a former political prisoner.