#EshraghNajafabadi, a former member of Iran’s national mountain cycling team, was arrested on 10 November in connection with a failed bomb attack scenario in Shiraz.
On December 22, 2022, Tasnim, a news agency linked to the Revolutionary Guards, IRGC, released a video in which a group of Shiraz-based athletes, including Dena Sheybani, Amirarsalan Mahdavi, Hesam Moosavi, Eshragh Najafabadi, and Mohammad Khiveh, were shown confessing under duress to attempting to bomb the city. The video IRIB broadcast depicted the athletes blindfolded, in handcuffs, and released after being subjected to prolonged periods of physical and psychological abuse and pressure on their families. The video was riddled with inconsistencies, and it was clear that the accusations against the athletes were fabricated by security forces as part of a campaign to implicate them in a crime falsely.
In the forced confession video, #EshraghNajafabadi was introduced as the group leader!
Eshragh is charged with “Corruption on earth,” and his life is in danger!
Update: On Feb 7, 2023, Eshragh, Amir Arsalan and Hesam got released from prison. A couple of days ago, Eshargh’s brother announced that their accusation decreased from “Corruption on the Earth” to “Assembly and Collusion against National Security.” However, it seems the case was closed completely a few days later. It’s great news, but at the same time shows the whole scenario was a totally baseless accusation!
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#EshraghNajafabadi, a former member of Iran’s national mountain cycling team, was arrested on 10 November in connection with a failed bomb attack in Shiraz. He was arrested along 4 others and was forced to confess on national television. Be his voice! #StopExecutioninIran
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Since September 16th, after the murder of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, by the so-called morality police, Iranians have been protesting for freedom, human rights, minority rights, and women’s right to self-expression.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has responded with a lethal reaction, killing hundreds of its citizens nationwide with military artillery and arresting thousands.
The ruthless suppression of Iranian demonstrators has reached entirely new heights.
Two detained protesters, Mohsen Shekari and Majid Reza Rahnavard, were put to death on December 8th and 12th, respectively, without going through a fair trial, having access to independent counsel, or having the option to ask for an appeal.
The IR regime is about to execute hundreds of people.
Members of the German parliament, such as Ye-One Rhie, Carlos Kasper, and Martin Diedenhofen, were the first to decide to be political sponsors of several arrested protestors who were given death sentences. Politicians’ backing is vital. When elected officials publicly defend a political prisoner, more attention is attracted to their fate. The media cover their activism, and the attention serves to safeguard innocent prisoners.
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Know More About Eshragh:
Eshrag Najafabadi had an accident on his bicycle a few years ago, which resulted in a serious injury to his shoulder. This incident caused him to pivot his attention from cycling to mountain climbing, but it did not diminish his love for cycling. In 2021, he accomplished the remarkable feat of climbing the two highest peaks in Iran, Damavand, and Alamkoh, while carrying his bicycle. Furthermore, he has also been an active volunteer in mountain rescue operations alongside firefighters in recent years. Eshrag is a person full of passion with a free-spirited nature, and anyone who has met him would vouch for it.
تروریست یا قهرمان؟ شما قضاوت کنید.— Erfan Najafabadi (@ErfanNajafabadi) December 20, 2022
تروریست کیست؟🚀🚀#اشراق_نجف_آبادی #UnitedForIranianAthletes#EshraghNajafabadi pic.twitter.com/P7HNecmmYd
بریم؟#اشراق_نجف_آبادی #EshraghNajafabadi #UnitedForIranianAthletes pic.twitter.com/tmId4zLdZT— Erfan Najafabadi (@ErfanNajafabadi) December 19, 2022