After two weeks, to justify the detention of lawyers and civil activists, their houses are raided and searched!
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”; Thursday August 25, 2021- As the detention of lawyers continues, on Wednesday, August 25, security forces raided the houses of Arash Keykhosravi, Mostafa Nili and Mohammadreza Faqihi, looking for any document or proof to justify their detentions.
When the agents searched Arash Keykhosravi’s house, security forces locked his door for a few minutes not letting any family member in. They also took away the CCTV when leaving.
On Saturday August 14, seven lawyers and civil activist were detained when they had a meeting at the office of the Association to Support Civil Rights; they were taken to an unknown location. They are: Mostafa Nili, Arash Keykhosravi, Mehdi Mahmoodian, Mohammadreza Faqihi, Mohammad Hadi Erfanian Kaseb, Ms. Maryam Frafaraz and Ms. Leila Heydari.
Laywer Saeed Dehqan, addressing the search of Arash Keykhosravi’s house in his account wrote: “11 security agents raided the house of Arash Keykhosravi, locked his room from some minutes and prevented his family member from entering the room. This is “finding evidence” by putting it there! They first arrest then look for the reason of it! They took away the CCTV so that there would be no proof of their raid!”
Regarding the search of Mohammadreza Faqihi’s house, lawyer Saeed Khalili wrote in his personal account: “This morning on the request of the family of my dear colleague, Mr. Faqihi and to introduce myself as his lawyer I referred to Evin Courthouse. At the entrance they told me we won’t accept any lawyer for him nor we will free him on bail. When I was returning I found out that the agents have raided his house and are searching it.”
Zahra Minooie, lawyer of Mr. Nili announcing that she has not been allowed to see her client’s file and act on it, said: “Except calling his family for 10 seconds at the first night, he has not contacted them. Also as I am not trusted by the Judiciary in security cases they do not permit me to act on my client’s case. After the disclosure of images from the Evin Prison, my client’s family have a low morale and they are terribly worried.”
She added: “When I referred for the last time, they told me that as I am not accepted among the approved lawyers under the amendment to article 48, I cannot act on the case. I know that my client will not accept a lawyer that is no of his own choice, thus, not accepting me means that he will not have a lawyer for sure during his investigation according to the regulations of a penal procedure.”
Ms. Minooie pointing to the fact that Mr. Nili himself was the lawyer of Mehdi Mahmoodian and now he is detained himself, added: “When Mr. Mojtahedzadeh went to the courthouse to introduce himself as the lawyer of Mr. Mahmoodian, he wasn’t accepted.”
It is to be mentioned that two of these detained lawyers had contracted coronavirus and were detained while in poor health condition.
Mohammad Hadi Arefian Kaseb told the human rights center of No to Prison No to Execution: “Unfortunately we don’t know where they are detained. Unfortunately, Mr. Nili and Ms. Frafaraz have recently been sick with coronavirus. We are worried about all these dear people especially these two.”
Informed sources have said that during the meeting of these lawyers in the afternoon of Saturday, August 14, 2021, 15 agents entered the office and without presenting any warrant they detained the persons present, including seven lawyers and two civil activists temporarily at the office. After three hours, two of the detainees; Mohammad Hadi Erfanian Kaseb and Ms. Leila Heydari were released but Mostafa Nili, Arash Keykhosravi, Mehdi Mahmoodian, Ms. Maryam Frafaraz and Mohammadreza Faqihi were taken to an unknown location.
As the detention of the four lawyers and one journalist continues, Abdolkarim Lahiji, the head of the Society in Defense of Human Rights in Iran and the honorary head of the International Federation of Human Rights Societies, said: “Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic and other authorities have sacrificed providing health and public hygiene for political and ideological reasons as well as for financial benefits causing the death of tens of thousands citizens and jeopardizing the lives of millions more. They not only do not answer for this but also deprive the citizens from the right to ask for their accountability.”
Lawyer and human rights activist, Mohammad Hossein Aqasi explaining the situation and said: “These lawyers and civil activists wanted to file a complaint against Khamenei for his mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic at the court allocated for government employees.”