Two civil activists are sentenced to a total of eight years in jail for protesting the confiscation of Khuzestan farmers’ lands.
When two civil activists protested the confiscation of Jelizi Village farmers’ land, in Dahsht-e-Abbas, Khuzestan Province, they were sentenced by an Ahvaz court to a total of eight years in jail, which was upheld by the revision court.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” January 7, 2022- According to Khakzadegan Telegram channel, two civil activists, Saleh Ta’moli Tarfi and Abdollah Chaldavi Ghafeli were collectively sentenced to eight years in prison by the branch No.13 of Khuzestan Province revision court on charges including “propagating against the state”, “gathering and collusion with the intent to commit crime against the country’s security” and “membership in dissident groups”.
Karim Dahimi a human rights activist addresses the issue: “According to the lawsuit issued by branch No.13 of Khuzestan Province revision court, Saleh Ta’moli Tarfi and Abdollah Chaldavi Ghafeli, were sentenced to a total of eight years in jail for holding a protest gathering and opposing the confiscation of the farmers’ lands in Jelizi Village in Dasht-e-Abbas, Khuzestan province. They were charged with “propagating against the state”, “gathering and collusion with the intent to commit crime against the country’s security” and “membership in dissident groups”.
“Saleh Ta’moli Tarfi was sentenced to three years jail on charges of “propagating against the state” and “gathering and collusion with the intent to commit crime against the country’s security”, and Abdollah Chaldavi Ghafeli was sentenced to five years jail on charge of “propagating against the state” and “membership in dissident groups- Jannat al-Vefaq Party.” Their case has been handed over to Ahvaz Revolutionary and Public prosecutor’s office, branch No. 8 of the department for execution of decrees, for their sentences to be carried out,” Dahimi added.
Dahimi pointed out that the two civil activist were indicted with these charges as a security bailiff and interrogator, Massoud Tahmasebi- the judge of branch No.3 of Ahvaz Revolutionary Court had interpreted their gathering in Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr of 2017 as an illegal gathering. According to Dahimi: “They held this protest gathering to gain their rights and protest the illegal confiscation of the farmlands in Jelizi Village of Dashet-e-Abbas, Khuzestan Province but the lawsuit has mentioned these gatherings a “planning to hold illegal protest gathering”.”
Explaining about the charges that Mr. Chaldavi was indicted with, Karim Dahimi stated: “According to the judge, the interrogator and Ahvaz Intelligence Directorate, one of the charges Abdollah Chaldavi was indicted with was “membership in dissident group- Jannat al-Vefaq”, while he has had no connection with this group; even if he had it, it has been peaceful civil activities in Khuzestan.”
Saleh Ta’moli Tarfi and Abdollah Chaldavi Ghafeli were respectively sentenced to three and five years in prison in their primary hearings by judge of branch No.3 of Ahvaz Revolutionary Court, Judge Massoud Tahmasebi.
Abbas and Saleh were detained by Ahvaz Intelligence Directorate’s agents along with some other citizens of Ahvaz Alavi Koy in 2017 after holding the protest gathering. They were taken to a detention center and interrogated. After they were indicted with their charges, they were bailed out from Ahvaz Shaiban Prison until the end of their trial.
It is said that Saleh Ta’moli Tarfi has been detained and jailed four times before for his cultural and civil activities and Abdollah Chaldavi Ghafeli has been detained and jailed nine times by the IRGC Intelligence and MOIS directorate for his civil activities.
The two civil activists from Ahvaz were detained along with hundred other citizens after the raid at the armed force’s parade in Ahvaz in 2018. They face another case with untrue security charges under process in the Revolutionary Court. The decree for that case is not issued yet.