Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri on hunger strike against unjust detention


Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri started a hunger strike at Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

Vahid Bagheri went on strike to protest against the authorities’ refusal to grant him conditional release.

He was taken to a prison clinic in a wheelchair on the twelfth day of his hunger strike on Thursday due to extreme weakness, and his blood pressure was 9 to 6.

Doctors sent Vahid back to the political prisoner ward without taking any special measures.

After serving nearly 20 months of his sentence, Bagheri is eligible for parole.

However, the judicial authorities deprived him of his rights because he refused to cooperate with them.

In a series of tweets, former political prisoner Arash Sadeghi said that “in the past 20 months, security interrogators have offered Vahid’s cooperation three times, and he has refused to accept the interrogators’ request.” .

Rasoul Bagheri, the prisoner’s brother, told state-affiliated Telegram channel Emtedad that “while reviewing the documents of my brother’s case, he was acquitted of ‘conspiring against the regime’ in the second branch of District 33 of Shahid Moghaddasi, but based on confessions obtained under pressure from other inmates against my brother, Judge Moghiseh sentenced him to five years in prison solely on the basis of these illegal confessions”, a- he declared.

“The detainees were forced to confess against my brother,” he added.

“Unfortunately, my brother was denied access to a lawyer, and only court-approved lawyers were allowed in this case. The licensed lawyers, however, did not accept a price lower than 100 million tomans for their salaries in 2019, which we could not afford,” he continued.

Rasoul Bagheri continued, “Judge Moghiseh didn’t even speak to my brother and sentenced him to 5 years in prison in 10 minutes. After we objected to the decision and sued it in Branch 33, the same verdict was upheld again.

Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri, who was recently released after serving 19 months of his sentence, has returned to prison after being denied parole.

“I am the breadwinner of two families, why should I still be in jail for participating in protests? He had already said so in a letter.

Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri, 33, a father of two, was arrested by security forces during protests in November 2019 and later transferred to Greater Tehran Penitentiary after interrogation.

He was eventually sentenced by Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, to six years in prison for “propaganda against the state and society and collusion against national security”.

Political prisoner Vahid Bagheri is expected to serve five years behind bars under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, which allows defendants to serve only the longest sentence in cases involving multiple convictions. Vahid Bagheri had previously been banned from attending his brother’s funeral.

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