March 8, 2016 – Mahmoud Beheshti Langroodi, a spokesman for the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, Mohammad Reza Niknejad and Mehdi Bohlooli, both former board members of the ITTA Tehran, received their sentences on March 7, 2016 by Judge Moghiseh in Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary court in Tehran. According to the reports by the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, each of these teachers has been sentenced to five years in prison by the trial court which is subject to review in the appeals court. The Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association has condemned these unjust sentences and will report on these sentences in its subsequent statements and announcements.
It is important to note that Mr. Mahmoud Beheshti Langroodi is already serving a nine years prison sentence, which was ordered by judge Salavati in a trial that last only a few minutes. Mohammad Reza Niknejad and Mehdi Bohlooli, both members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, were released on a three hundred million toman bail on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. The two teachers were arrested on August 31, 2015 following a ruling by the branch 2 of the Evin prison Court.
As previously reported, Esmail Abdi, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA-Tehran), has recently been sentenced to six years in prison by branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Salavati. The verdict was announced on February 22, 2016 to Abdi’s lawyer, Mr. Peyman Haj-Mahmoud Attar. Mr. Abdi was arrested on June 27, 2015 after he was ordered to show up at the prosecutor’s office at Evin prison.
Other imprisoned teachers include Rasoul Bodaghi, Ali Akbar Baghani, Alireza Hashemi and Abolreza Ghanbari.
International trade unions and teachers’ organizations including the Education International have been campaigning for the unconditional freedom of Abdi, Beheshti Langroodi and other Iranian imprisoned teachers in the past several months.
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)