Tuesday, 21 September 2010

One-year additional sentence for Mansoor Osanloo confirmed; Reza Shahabi and Ebrahim Madadi continue to be detained

As reported previously, Mansoor Osanloo, President of Tehran’s bus workers’ union, was retried on 1 August 2010 and sentenced to one more year in prison for ‘propaganda against the system’. Now, according to news released by the bus workers’ union (Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company), the appeal court of Tehran County has confirmed the sentence. This one year sentence is in addition to the five-year sentence which Osanloo was given for his union activities, four years of which he has already spent.

Mansoor Osanloo suffers from a number of ailments, such as a heart condition, backache and eye problems, which various medical panels of the Islamic regime itself have confirmed and have then called for his release.

Meanwhile, two other board members of the union, Ebrahim Madadi and Reza Shahabi continue to be jailed, also for union activity. Madadi has already spent over two years of a three and half year sentence, and Shahabi has been detained since June 12th without charge. Shahabi suffers from neck and back pain, and is said to be in poor health.

The Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company has condemned the confirmation of the additional sentence on Osanloo and the continued detention of Reza Shahabi and Ebrahim Madadi, and called for their release.

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