Iran's Judicial Officials Reduced its Charges against Human Rights Activist Navid Khanjani

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 5:22:11 PM 

The Islamic Revolutionary Court has reduced its charges against Navid Khanjani, founder of Human Rights Committee and a member of the Population of Combat against Educational Discrimination, to five years in prison, his relatives said. He, 30, was previously sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the vague charges of "spreading false news", "propaganda against the regime" and "disturbing the public vision through broadcasting news and several interviews with the Media" at Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court which chaired by Judge Pir Abbas.

Navid, a Baha'i, was arrested along with some other activists by the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Isfahan in 2010 and was released from solitary confinement at ward 2-Alef of Sepah in Evin prison on bail of 100 million Tomans after two months. He was eventually detained and transferred to Rajai Shahr prison to serve his 12 years imprisonment term on 5 Sept 2012, the BCR Group has learned.

He was deprived of the right of release since his detention.

The officials had imposed on him to make a televised confession through severe torture both- physically and psychologically during his first 25 days in solitary confinement and Human Rights organizations have expressed concern about his critical condition in the prison.

Navid is kept at Hall 12 of ward four of the Notorious Rajai Shahr prison, where he suffers from mitral valve prolapse treatment, as well as chronic migraines, rights groups have stated. 

By: Kaveh Taheri