Environmental activists’ lawyer rejects conditional release request from the judiciary prison

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Environmental activists' lawyer rejects conditional release request from the judiciary prison

An environmental activist lawyer rejected the conditional release request from the judiciary for imprisoned environmental activists.

Hojjat Kermani, the lawyer of imprisoned environmental activists in Iran, announced the rejection of the conditional release request for Houman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Taher Ghadirian, and Niloufar Bayani. He expressed hope that the judiciary would agree to an amnesty or conditional release for them on the eve of Nowruz.

These four prisoners had previously objected to the rejection of their conditional release requests in letters from prison.

Mr. Kermani said in an interview with Shargh newspaper that Branch 36 of the Tehran Province Appeals Court, disregarding the fact that more than three years have passed since the legal deadline for serving one-third of the imprisonment term, which is the main legal basis for the possibility of conditional release, has rejected the conditional release requests of Mr. Jokar, Mr. Ghadirian, and Ms. Bayani solely based on the type of crime committed and the fact that the circumstances and behavior of the convicts do not indicate that they will not commit a crime after release.

Some environmental activist prisoners, including Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, Sam Rajabi, Amirhossein Khaleghi, and Morad Tahbaz, were released due to the completion of their sentences, amnesty, or exchange of prisoners.


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