On February 2, Kayvan Samimi received his six-year jail term combined with an order to cease all his political activities for the remainder of his natural life.
Mr. Samimi had been accused of spreading propaganda against the regime and collusion in an effort to undermine national security.
Among Mr. Samimi’s other charges were participation in demonstrations and the issuance of a statement against the validity of the election. This is all despite the fact that Mr. Samimi was detained only one day after the general election, and has been in prison since.
Mr. Samimi was detained in his residence last June 13, and he was briefly released from prison only to attend his daughter’s wedding, after close to six months of imprisonment. Mr. Samimi’s brief release, which lasted for ten days, was secured with a 100,000 USD bond.
Readers are reminded that, previously, Mr. Samimi was editor of the banned Nameh magazine and manager of the now-blocked Kharabat website. Mr. Samimi was also detained during the reign of the Shah’s government, and at the present time he chairs a number of committees such as the National Council for Peace, Arbitrary Arrests Follow-up, Citizen Rights Support, and the Right to Educate Defense.