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Ahmad Zargar

Title: Judge on the Tehran Appeals Court (Branch 36)

Sanctions: European Union (April 12, 2011)

In April 2011, the European Union named Ahmad Zargar as an individual subject to sanctions human rights violations.  According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Zargar issued lengthy jail terms and death sentences for post-election protesters. [1]

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), in 2008, Zargar sentenced political activist Abbas Khorsandi to eight years in prison for his online writings and political beliefs. [2] Zargar has also issued several death sentences to demonstrators, including Jafar Kazemi in 2010, according to ICHRI.[3]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, April 12, 2011. p. 100/9.

[2]“Political Activist Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison,” International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, August 7, 2008. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/tag/abbas-khorsandi/)

[3]“Post-Election Protester’s Death Sentence Upheld; Re-Trial Denied by Supreme Court,” International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, July 30, 2010. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/07/post-election-protesters-death-sentence-upheld-re-trial-denied-by-supreme-court/)