For publishing a manifesto on a secular republic, convening the Iranian Freedom movement, and participating in the making of the documentary “Forbidden Iran,” Arjang Davudi, a 67-year-old political activist, was arrested November 4, 2003 and sentenced to ten years in prison, 74 lashes, and exile to remote prisons in the south. For statements made and letters written to Iranian authorities while in prison, he was sentenced in 2010: initially to death and later to ten years and eight months in prison. Similar activities prompted another death sentence in 2014, which was later reduced to an additional five years in prison. While suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, Davudi has been transferred to Rajai Shahr, Zabol, and Zahedan Prisons in the past four years.
Charges: “Propaganda against the regime,” “disturbing the public mind,” “assembly and collusion against national security,” “insulting sanctity,” “insult to the Supreme Leader or Founder of the Islamic Republic”
Place of detention: Zahedan Prison
Courts: Revolutionary Court of Tehran, Branches 15 and 26; Revolutionary Court of Karaj, Branch 1; Supreme Court, Branch 32
Judges: Hassa Zareh Dahnavi (Haddad), Abolqasem Salavati, Assef Alhosseini