After the last hearing of political prisoner Atena Daemi’s new case, which was held in the presence of her lawyers, it is announced that the time for the next court hearing will be scheduled on a later date.
According to “No to Prison – No to Execution”, Atena Daemi’s trial, civil activist imprisoned in Evin Prison, was held on Wednesday, May 13, at Branch 24 of the Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Mohammadreza Amouzad.
Atena was summoned to court on mid-March, April 18 and May 2, 2020, but refused to appear in court. The reason for her refusal was the prevalence of coronavirus in prisons, as well as failure to observe the legal intervals between the appeals and the lack of access to her lawyer.
Eventually, on May 14, after refusing the hearings four times, the trial was held in the presence of her lawyers, Mr. Abbas Amiri and Mostafa Nili, and Atena agreed to attend the court hearing, though the arrest warrant for the political prisoner was already issued.
The court that Atena was summoned for, is a case that was opened during her imprisonment based on a complaint filed by the IRGC’s intelligence service.
Atena Daemi’s family had announced that despite the critical coronavirus outbreak in prisons, a new case had been filed against the Iranian prisoner in connection with her support for those killed during the November uprisings.
The charges in the civil activist’s case, by the IRGC’s complaint, are allegedly “assembly and colluding to disrupt the country’s security”, “propaganda against the system” and “disturbing the prison order”. The “disturbing the prison order” charge is referring to the sit-in protest of the women’s ward of Evin Prison (in December 2020), on the 40th day anniversary, in sympathy with grieving families of the nationwide protests. Ms. Daemi has denied the accusation of “propaganda against the regime” which was issued for statements and letters, and “disrupting the order of the prison” accusing her to have celebrated in the mourning ceremony of Imam Hussein.
Atena Daemi dismissed the accusations as unfounded, saying that for example, there had been no celebrations in prison by her and her fellow inmates during the November uprisings.
In December 2019, she was held for 15 days in Ward 2A of Evin Prison, under the control of the Intelligence Ministry. The transfer came after a sit-in strike in Evin Prison’s women’s ward, where eight female political prisoners commemorated victims on the 40th day after the November uprising.
Atena Daemi was arrested on October 21, 2014 and sentenced to five years in prison for her activities. The prisoner has been serving her sentence since November 2016 and is currently in Evin Prison.