Elderly Professor's Six-Year Jail Term Upheld

Updated: May 1, 2019

Hossein Rafiee, a retired university professor, has had his six-year prison sentence, which was imposed for his peaceful political activism, upheld by an appeal court. The authorities have rejected his request for compassionate leave to be with his sick wife, who is due to undergo surgery.

The court issued its decision after a brief hearing on January 24 at which Hossein Rafiee refused to appear in person because the authorities had revoked last minute a permit declaring Rafiee could attend the hearing in his own clothes instead of a prison uniform. He had been waiting for his hearing since June 2015 when he lodged an appeal against the decision of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, which convicted him of “membership of and involvement in an illegal and antinational security group (meaning the banned political group Sho’rayeh Melli-Mazhabi)” and “spreading propaganda against the system” by methods including giving interviews to media “who are against the state.”