Omid Kokabee an Iranian graduate student in physics who has been imprisoned in Tehran for the past 15 months, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for “communicating with a hostile government,” according to a May 15 article in the publication “Nature.” In a group trial of 10 or 15 people, where reportedly no evidence was presented against any of the accused, Kokabee and others were convicted of a general charge of collaborating with Israel’s intelligence agency. While the other accused had “confessed” under pressure to the accusations on Iranian television, Kokabee has steadfastly denied all charges since he was first imprisoned.
Iranian physicist sentenced to prison, Nature, May 15, 2012
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CCS has been advocating on behalf of Kokabee by an open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei and by a petition signed by 251 scholars and students that has been submitted to Iranian authorities. Other science organizations have joined CCS on behalf of Kokabee and his case has been cited as being of concern in the report of Ahmed Shaheed, the special UN rapporteur on human rights in Iran. CCS will continue its efforts to obtain justice for Omid Kokabee.