Kouhyar Goodarzi, a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Iran (CHRI), was sentenced to one year in prison by branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. The trial for the human rights activist took place on June 2nd with presiding judge Pirabassi.
Goodarzi was indicted on four counts: propaganda activities against the regime in collaboration with CHRI, gathering and publishing anti-regime news and disseminating information to terrorist organizations abroad, giving interviews with foreign media, and publishing articles on the CHRI website.
Goodarzi’s mother requested that bail be set for her son. Pirabassi rejected the request. A 70 million toman (approximately $70,000 USD) bail was previously set for Goodarzi’s release. Shortly after, his case file went missing.
Kouhyar Goodarzi has spent close to six months in Evin prison. On May 20, 2010, after criticizing the behaviour of Bozorgnia, the head of Ward 350 at Evin, Goodarzi was transferred to solitary confinement. As a result of the transfer, Goodazri began a dry hunger strike. On may 30th, he ended his hunger strike after four demands he had made were met.
Journalist and human rights activist Kooyhar Goodarzi was arrested on December 20, 2009, along with Shiva Nazar Ahari and Saeed Haeri. Also, with pressures from security forces, Koohyar Goodarzi was expelled from Sharif University of Technology.