Three women political prisoners sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison
Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced three women political prisoners to 5 to 10 years in prison. On Sunday, May 28, 2023, the prison sentences were communicated to the three women political prisoners, Zeinab Hamrang, Shiva Esmaeili, and Soodabeh Fakharzadeh.
The trial of the three women political prisoners was held on May 14, 2023, in the absence of their lawyers.
Political prisoner Zeinab Hamrang, 58, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion.”
Ms. Shiva Esmaeili, 58, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges including “assembly and collusion.” And Ms. Soodabeh Fakharzadeh, 65, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state.”
The three women political prisoners were arrested by security forces in Tehran on March 11, 2023, and were transferred to Evin Prison’s Ward 209. After the end of their interrogations in April, they were transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison.
Zeinab Hamrang is a retired teacher from Ardabil who spent two years in prison and was released from the women’s ward of Evin Prison in October 2022.
Shiva Esmaeili is the mother of political prisoner Mehdi Vafaei, who is currently imprisoned in Evin Prison.