Last Update

Jan. 6, 2021

Organisation

Unknown

Gender

Female

Ethnic Group

Arab

Religoius Group

Muslim

Province

Khuzestan

Occupation

Artist

Sentence

Seven years imprisonment

Sentence Date

Unknown

Status

In prison

Institution investigating

IRGC Intelligence

Career

Poet and writer

Charges

Acting against National Security

Lamia Hamadi In prison

Lamia Hamadi is a poet, writer and social media activist from the city of Susangerd in Khuzestan province. She writes in Arabic and has two young children.

Hamadi was arrested by agents from the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) after an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. She was charged with “insurrection” and “committing actions against national security.”

On September 22, 2018, a group of armed gunmen carried out an attack on an Armed Forces Parade that was taking place in the city of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province. The parade was part of an annual commemoration known as the Sacred Defence Week, commemorating the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1980. Twenty-five people were killed and more than 70 were injured in the terrorist attack. 

Hamadi was detained in the IRGC Detention Center in Ahvaz before she was transferred to Section 2A of Evin Prison – which is affiliated with the IRGC. After the initial investigation into her case, she was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz. 

Hamadi was eventually released on bail, on March 27, 2020. She was allowed to remain on release until the end of the legal proceedings in her case. 

The Revolutionary Courts of Ahvaz sentenced Lamia Hamadi to seven years imprisonment. On December 30, 2020, her sentence was enforced and she was returned to Sepidar Prison to serve her prison sentence. 

Lamia Hamadi is known as “Sahba” by her fellow inmates. Sepideh Qalyan, a labor activist who has been imprisoned in Sepidar Prison for some time, wrote in one of her accounts on the conditions in the prison about Hamadi and the torture she has faced. Qalyan wrote: “They [prison officers] are beating Sahba and the others again … Sahba cries because her interrogations never end.”

Armed insurrection against the government and the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran is, in accordance with the Islamic Penal Codes that were ratified in 2013, considered to be a "hadd" or "hudud" crime; these are crimes that, under Sharia law, have a specifically mandated punishment by God in the Quran. The charge of "insurrection" is punishable by imprisonment and the death penalty.

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