Iran: trade unionist Reza Shahabi sentenced to 1 year in jail

Feb 28
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Reza Shahabi, board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company
Reza Shahabi, board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 28 February 2016

An appeals court in Tehran has upheld a one year jail term for trade unionist Reza Shahabi, a member of the Tehran Bus Company Syndicate executive board.
Mr. Shahabi has been condemned in regards to the March 2014 protest staged by prisoners of ward 350 in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, according to the Tehran Bus Company Syndicate website.
This labor activist has in the past few years been detained many times and placed behind bars due to this syndicate’s activities. He had prior to this in February 2012 been condemned to six years behind bars, a five year ban from any syndicate activities and a fine of 70 million rials (around $2,000).
In the meantime, Mr. Shahabi, in medical leave after undergoing two surgeries, was summoned by the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS/VEVAK) on February 7 and informed of a new case opened against him for “provoking workers and disrupting public order”, according to the Tehran Bus Company Syndicate.

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