Last Update

June 26, 2021

Organisation

Unknown

Gender

Male

Ethnic Group

Unknown

Religoius Group

Unknown

Province

Tehran

Occupation

Social Media Activist

Sentence

Temporary detention

Sentence Date

Unknown

Status

In prison

Institution investigating

Unknown

Career

Social media activist, political prisoner

Charges

Propaganda against the regime

Payam Shakiba In prison

Payam Shakiba is a political prisoner living in Tehran. He was arrested prior to the 2021 presidential elections of Iran. He was previously arrested in 2017.

Shakiba was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran on June 14, 2021. Agents transferred him to Ward 209 of Evin Prison, which belongs to the Ministry of Intelligence.

On June 24, human rights sources quoted Shakiba's relatives saying he had informed them of his continued detention and interrogation during a brief telephone call with his relatives. He was charged with "propaganda against the regime” because of efforts on social media to "persuade people to boycott the presidential election."

Previously, Shakiba was arrested by security forces on February 22, 2017.

In December 2017, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced him to a total of 11 years in prison on two charges: "acting against national security through collusion" and "propaganda against the regime." While Shakiba was in prison, the verdict was upheld in the Court of Appeals.

He was released from Rajaei Shahr Prison in Karaj on March 6, 2021, most likely at the end of his prison term.

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