Sunday, October 9, 2011

Iranian Activist, Peyman Aref, Released from Evin Prison after 74 Lashes for Insulting President: Samira Jamshidi

TEHRAN, IRAN (Oct. 09) – Iranian student activist was reportedly released after being lashed for 74 times on account of "insulting the Iranian president", media reports said.

Iranian activist Peyman Aref with his wife Samira Jamshidi after being released from Evin prison in Tehran
According to details; Peyman Aref was lashed today (Sunday, Oct. 09) in presence of his interrogators and the chief of staff of Tehran's prosecutor before his release from Tehran's Evin prison. 

Aref spent almost 11 months in notorious Evin prison in Tehran. He was arrested last February and transferred to Ward 350 after spending several days in solitary confinement. 

Aref’s wife, Samira Jamshidi, said the lashing sentence was apparently related to a letter Aref wrote in which he criticized President Mahmud Ahmadinejad over the increasing pressure on universities. His psychological state is good but he feels unbearable pain in his back where he received lashes, she further told talking to Human Rights House of Iran.

Iranian activist Peyman Aref showing signs of 74 lashes on his back
Journalist and student activist, Peyman Aref, had been sentenced to one year in prison and 74 lashes. He was also sentenced to a lifetime ban from journalism and any membership in political parties.

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