IRAN - Protester Arshia Takdastan, 18, Sentenced to Death
January 19, 2023:
Protester Arshia Takdastan, 18, Sentenced to Death
Arshia Takdastan is an 18-year-old citizen from Nowshahr, north of Iran. Arshia was born on June 13, 2004.
“Arshia was arrested on September 24, 2022, in Nowshahr and transferred to Sari, the provincial capital of Mazandaran Province, the next day. “He was beaten so much in Sari Prison that he did not realize his big toe was broken. He had said that he felt severe pain in his body that he hadn’t noticed it at all.”
An informed source close to the Takdastan family said, “All confessions made during interrogations were obtained through harassment and with pressure.”
“Arshia was held in two-by-two solitary confinement in Sari Prison for 28 days and interrogated for hours. His family was uninformed of him during this time. Arshia was threatened and told that his father would be arrested. They had blindfolded his eyes and put a gun to his head.”
After hasty trial sessions, Arshia Takdastan was sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Sari on charges of Corruption on Earth and Moharebeh. The verdict is preliminary and appealable to the Supreme Court. Arshia Takdastan and Mehdi Mohammadifard have been sentenced to death in a joint case.
https://iran-hrm.com/2023/01/19/arshia-takdastan-sentenced-to-death/ (Source: Iran-HRM)