Iranian political prisoner Amir Amirgholi, who is sentenced to 21 years in jail, was denied leave to spend Norooz and the Iranian New Year holidays with his family due to the refusal of the case judge.

Amir Amirgholi

Amir Amirgholi

The prisoner’s father, Abbas Amirgholi, told HRANA that although his son has been in jail for over one and half years without any furloughs, the judge refused to grant him a temporary leave to spend Norooz with the family.

Abbas Amirgholi stressed that the family disputes the sentence and fails to see how “supporting needy children, the people of Kobani and municipal workers” could be the basis for their son’s incarceration.

“I have every hope that the sentence will be overturned by the appeals court,” Abbas Amirgholi said.

Amir Amirgholi was arrested in 2014 and after a year in Evin Prison was sentenced to 21 years in jail for “blasphemy, insulting the Supreme Leader, gathering and colluding to act against national security, disturbing public order by participating in illegal gatherings and propaganda against the regime.”