Who is political prisoner Amir Hossein Moradi ?
Name and Surname: Amir Hossein Moradi, son of Mohammad
DOB: August 6, 1994
Education: Diploma in Computer Science
Charges: “Participation in destruction and setting on fire, with the intention of confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran” and “participation in armed robbery, close to executing harassment at night”.
Sentence: Death penalty, 15+1 years in jail and 74 lashes
Amir Hossein Moradi, son of Mohammad, was born on August 6, 1994, in Tehran. Amir Hossein holds a diploma in computer science and was a seller of mobile phones, computers and software before his arrest in Tehran. He has two sisters.
Amir Hossein Moradi, along with his co-defendants Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, had participated in the November 2019, nationwide protests in Tehran’s Sattar Khan neighborhood.
Amir Hossein was identified by CCTV footage on November19, 2019, and was arrested by security forces.
Mr. Moradi was kept at one of the solitary confinement cells in Wards 240 and 209 of Evin Prison for about a month. He was transferred to the Great Tehran Prison (Fashafooyeh) after his interrogation was over. He was tortured and beaten by Ministry of Intelligence agents during his detention and interrogation.
Under the pressure of the Intelligence Ministry, Amir Hossein Moradi had a TV interview in which he accepted the charges. These are the charges that has been brought up against him in the court.
“My confessions were obtained under duress and are not true,” the political prisoner told Judge Salavati in his defense in court. “I confessed that we took joint action with Saeed and Mohammad because I had news that they had left the country and I thought they would not be in danger.”
He and the two other co-defendants denied some other charges, including setting fire to a gas station.
In late winter of 2020, Judge Salavati sentenced the three detainees of the November 2019 uprising; Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, to death on charge of “Participation in destruction and setting on fire, with the intention of confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
In addition to that, Amir Hossein Moradi is sentenced to 15 years in jail and 74 lashes on charge of “participation in armed robbery, close to executing harassment at night”, and to a year in prison for “(having the intention) to illegally leave the country”.
Amnesty International issued a statement on February 28, 2020, calling for the death sentences of the three prisoners to be overturned. Referring to the violations of the rights of these individuals by the agents, the organization called on the judiciary of the Islamic Republic to end the abuses and establish a fair court to hear their cases.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of three detainees, Mr. Saeed Tamjidi, Mr. Amir Hossein Moradi, and Mr. Mohammad Rajabi. The state-run media quoted an unknown source from within the Supreme Court, denying the news, but the authenticity of this quotation is clear.
The US State Department condemned the confirmation of the death sentences on June 25, 2020. The State Department spokesperson tweeted: “The United States strongly condemns Iran’s decision to sentence Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi to death. The protesters were reportedly beaten, denied access to a lawyer, and forced to make confessions under duress. Iran must respect human rights and end these executions.”
Amir Hossein Moradi has lived in Germany for three years. At the same time, he developed psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune skin disease that is exacerbated by stress. His illness during interrogation had also become a tool in the hands of the interrogators to put pressure on him. We remind that this political prisoner also contracted coronavirus at the Great Tehran Prison.
He is currently confined at the ward complex No.5 of the Great Tehran Prison.