Free Mohammad Hossein Rafiee Fanood

Alexander Gonzalez, Co-Editor in Chief

Just last year Mohammad Hossein Rafiee Fanood a 71 year old retired Tehran University professor, a member of Iran’s Melli-Mazhabi Coalition, and a member of the National Peace Council was arrested. He was arrested on June 16, 2015, and taken to Evin Prison, shortly after publishing an article in support of nuclear negotiations and the November 2013 Geneva interim deal between Iran and world powers. He was arrested without a warrant and unfairly taken straight to prison. Mohammad was actually previously arrested in February 2001 on charges of “legal subversion”. Fanood spent six months in Ward 59, mostly in solitary confinement. He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, but his sentence was never implemented. Because more than 10 years had passed, it can no longer be implemented. So what exactly is the Melli-Mazhabi Coalition? The Melli-Mazhabi Coalition or Coalition of National-Religious Forces of Iran is an Iranian political group, described as “nonviolent, religious semi-opposition.” It is mainly made up of middle-class intellectuals. There is a movement to get him released from prison because it was unfair that he was even sent there.

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