A Judgment Calculated to be Implemented after Elections
Without any prior warning, Hadi Ghabel, a cleric member of the Central Council of Jebhe Mosharekat reformist front (Participation Front) was arrested on Monday and sent to Langarood prison in Qom.
This news was broken by Ghabel’s son, Ruhollah who said, “My father had been summoned by Qom’s special Clerics Court on March 26th, 2008. He requested an extension and went to the court yesterday (on Monday). Because the court had not announced that it was going to implement the sentence against my father, he was not ready for detention, but was nevertheless transferred to a prison in Qom.”
Jebhe Mosharekat front, on whose central council Ghabel had served in the past, issued a statement regarding Ghabel’s arrest in which it protests against the ‘unfair” execution of a sentence and reminds the public that the execution of the sentence had been suspended by the judiciary officials based on the negotiations that had taken place.”
The statement also reads, “A review of the charges against Ghabel indicate that a case was concocted against him based on the public speeches that he had made which included his political, religious and Shiite views, as well as his criticisms since 1997. From amongst his writings and speeches, selected sentences and paragraphs had been extracted to serve as documents for the arrest.”
Last Wednesday, agents approached Ghabel’s house on the pretext of having religious questions. When the cleric appeared at the front of his house, they pushed their way inside and after searching the rooms confiscated his papers, writings and computer, and took him to prison. The following Tuesday, Jebhe Mosharekat issued a statement in which it condemned his detention, while his imprisonment lasted for 2 months.
Despite the express legal provisions that political crimes must be reviewed in the presence of a jury and must be public, Hadi Ghabel was interrogated repeatedly taken to the Clerics Court during his two month detention and was finally sentenced to 40 months of imprisonment. He was also defrocked.
The details of the sentence issued by the Qom court also assert that he had committed acts against national security for which he was sentenced to 1 year of imprisonment, 10 months for engaging in propaganda against the state, 15 months for spreading lies and rumors with the purpose of disrupting public peace, the payment of 500,000 Tomans (each US Dollar is about 850 Toman in the market) for insulting state and religious officials, and imprisonment of 100 days for insulting judiciary leadership, the general and revolutionary prosecutor of Tehran, and other judiciary officials.
His defense attorneys have protested against the sentence passed against Ghabel and filed an appeal. The second district of the court of appeals for the Clerics court however, upheld the judgment.
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