The Appeals Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Ahvaz has issued prison sentences for the labour activists and executive committee members of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company’s trade union.
Ali Nejati, Haft Tapeh trade union President, and three other executive committee members, Fereydoon Nikoofard, Ramezan Alipoor and Jalil Ahmadian, have each been handed down a six months’ custodial sentence as well as a six months’ suspended sentence. Mohammad Heydari Mehr, another executive committee member, has been sentenced to four months in prison together with another eight months suspended. These sentences now have the formal approval of the Appeals Court of Ahvaz.
In a separate trial in Dezful, Ali Nejati and Reza Rakhshan appeared before the Revolutionary Court of Dezful. This court will sentence them at later date.
Source: Co-ordination Committee for the Formation of Labour Organisations, 6 October 2009.
Translation: Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network
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