Thursday, 20 November 2014

Update: Hossein Derakhshan Freed

The record for Hossein Derakhshan was updated.

Status: Freed
Prison: n/a
Blogger and activist known as "Hoder" - Iranian-Canadian citizen - Worked for The Guardian and New York Times Sentence includes 5 years for undermining the sanctity of religion, 2 years for insulting the leadership, 6 months for contempt towards the president, and additional jail time on charges such as cooperation with hostile countries, spreading anti-regime propaganda, and promotion of counterrevolutionary groups. Also given a 5-year ban on political activities and the use of social media. 31 Oct 2008: Arrested and sent to Evin 29 Sep 2010: Sentenced to 19.5 years + 5 years ban of political and media activities 09 Dec 2010: Released on a 1.5 million-dollar bail for 3 days then returned to Evin 20 Mar 2011: Allowed out on temporary leave 26 Mar 2011: Returned to Evin 28 Mar 2011: Released for temporary leave again 3 Apr 2011: Returned to Evin 5 May 2011: Allowed out of Evin prison on temporary leave for a few days 8 Jun 2011: Sentence confirmed by Appeals 23 Jun 2011: Granted a temporary leave 29 Jun 2011: Returned to Evin prison 27 Sep 2011: Granted temporary leave Returned to Evin 16 Oct 2013: On temporary leave from Evin. Sentence reduced from 19.5 to 17.5 years under Eid clemency 19 Nov 14: Pardoned by supreme leader ]

Sentence: 17.5 years

Location/Home Town: Tehran
Faith or Ethnicity: 
Occupation or Activity: Journalist, Blogger, Political activist

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