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Father of Slain Iranian Protester Handed Another Prison Term

February 15, 2024
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The Iranian authorities have sentenced Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of a 27-year-old man killed in a crackdown on protests in Iran in 2019, to six more months in prison for "insulting the leadership”
The Iranian authorities have sentenced Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of a 27-year-old man killed in a crackdown on protests in Iran in 2019, to six more months in prison for "insulting the leadership”

The Iranian authorities have sentenced Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of a 27-year-old man killed in a crackdown on protests in Iran in 2019, to six more months in prison for "insulting the leadership.” 

The activist HRANA news agency reported on February 14 that Branch 6 of the Court of Appeal of Qazvin, led by Judge Habibullah Amiri, had upheld the sentence. 

Bakhtiari is currently imprisoned in Qazvin prison.

He was previously sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison and 74 lashes on charges including "gathering and colluding to commit a crime against security,”"spreading lies," "propaganda activity against the Islamic Republic and disturbing public peace," and "collaboration with groups opposed to the Islamic Republic."

His son Pouya Bakhtiari was fatally shot on November 19, 2019, on the second day of widespread protests triggered by a government's sudden decision to raise gas prices.

Manouchehr Bakhtiari was initially arrested on April 29, 2021, for seeking justice for her son.

Pouya Bakhtiari's mother, Nahid Shirpisheh, is serving a prison sentence in Zanjan.

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