Legal defence of the case of a young Iranian scientist, Omid Kokabee

Omid Kokabee, an Iranian graduate student who has been imprisoned in Tehran for the past 21 months, was sentenced to 10 years on 13 May 2012 for allegedly conspiring with foreign countries against Iran.

Kokabee, 29 at the time of his detention, and now 30 years old, is a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran who later studied at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain where he obtained a master's degree in photonics. He was arrested in Tehran in February 2011 on charges of "communicating with a hostile government" and "illegal earnings."

According to a report from Nature, 10 to 15 people were tried at the same time, under the collective charge of collaborating with Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad. Whereas other prisoners in the group declared themselves guilty in a television broadcast on the evening before the trial, the physics student has consistently denied all charges and refused to speak in court.

After 15 months of detention, he was sentenced on 12 May 2012 to 10 years in prison.

We demand Amnesty International and related organizations to consider his case, as Human Rights violation and to procure urgent legal defence for a revision of his sentence, assuring correct legal procedures. We demand a  correct personal treatment, not causing any damage neither any injury or attempt on his health.


By 14th August 2012 the appeal to the Tehran's court against the 10-years sentence has been rejected.

From recent news, there is confirmation that Omid is suffering from a serious disease. He is not receiving the proper medical treatment while in prison. We pray the Iranian authorities to take care of the health of this innocent person.

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