According to reports by the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran, this human rights activist, a member of the Human Rights Activists Organization in Iran and member of the Defense of Child Laborers, was sentenced today, Wednesday July 25, 2012, in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, to five years and six months in prison.
Dr. Pourseifi was convicted according to article 610 of the Islamic Penal Code, and sentenced to three years, on charges of:
- Collusion and conspiracy with intent to commit a crime against the national security through membership in an illegal organization called Human Rights Activists in Iran.
- Providing assistance to those convicted on anti-national security charges and arranging for them to leave the country illegally.
- Providing bail illegally for political prisoners.
Dr. Pourseifi was also convicted under article 513 of the Islamic Penal Code, on charges of blasphemy, for an article he posted on the Sa’ate Deltanki blog about the Fatima Zahra Institute in Mashhad on the subject of Sigheh (temporary marriage), and the status of Women in Iran.
He was also convicted and sentenced to six months under Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code on charges of propaganda against the establishment by posting an article on Sa’ate Deltanki blog on the subject of safety and security plan in Iran and Hejab (Islamic dress code), and also a critical article on the condition and livelihood of workers and child laborers in Iran.
Based on all of his convictions, Dr. Pourseifi was sentenced to a total of five years and six months imprisonment.
Dr. Yousefi has rejected filing for an appeal and will report to Evin prison later part of August of 2012.