The General Secretary of the Tehran Teachers’ Association is now facing new charges: “Conspiracy to disrupt national security and propaganda against the regime”.

Esmail Abdi

Esmail Abdi

The Teachers and Workers Rights website reports that on Tuesday August 11, 46 days after his arrest, Esmail Abdi informed his wife in a telephone conversation that he has been indicted on these charges by a Revolutionary office of interrogations and forwarded to court.

Abdi had been charged with “propaganda activities against the regime” in an earlier file and was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

Abdi’s trial will take place in the next 15 to 20 days, and so far there has been no news of his possible release on bail.

Abdi was arrested following the wave of teacher protests that began last March and spread across the country to demand better pay and conditions.

Esmail Abdi’s passport was confiscated at the airport on June 21, as he prepared to leave on a trip to Armenia. On Saturday June 27 he was summoned to Evin Prison and arrested after hours of interrogation.