DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced two binationals, German-Iranian Nahid Taghavi and English-Iranian Mehran Raouf, to more than 10 years in prison, each on national security grounds, their national security charges said on Wednesday. lawyer.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of double nationals and foreigners in recent years, mostly on espionage and security-related charges.
They accused the Islamic Republic of trying to gain concessions from other countries by making arrests on security grounds that may have been fabricated. Tehran, which does not recognize dual nationality, says such arrests are based on its penal code and denies detaining people for political reasons.
In a Twitter post, the lawyer for the two defendants, Mostafa Nili, said: “Chamber 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Ms. #Nahid_Taghavi and Mr. #Mehran_Raouf to 10 years in prison for participating in the management of a illegal group and eight months in prison for propaganda activities against the regime.
The justice of the Islamic Republic has not yet reported on the convictions. But Taghavi’s daughter, Mariam Claren, tweeted a confirmation of his conviction. Nili did not say whether Taghavi and Raouf pleaded in response to the charges.
Taghavi, 66, a human rights activist who lives in Germany but has kept an apartment in Tehran, was arrested there in October 2020 during a visit. His trial began on April 28, according to Claren and human rights groups.
“My mom was allowed to see her brothers. They gave her a hug. Her first hug after almost 7 months,” Claren tweeted on April 28.
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told a regular press conference in Berlin on Wednesday that Germany could not extend consular assistance to Taghavi because she was on trial in her home country.
Raouf, a 64-year-old workers’ rights activist who lived between Iran and Britain, was arrested at his residence in Tehran on October 16 last year by the Revolutionary Guards, according to Amnesty International.
Amnesty said in February that Raouf was being held “in prolonged solitary confinement, in violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment”.
(Written by Parisa Hafezi in Dubai with additional reporting by Alexander Ratz in Berlin, editing by Mark Heinrich)