GVF — Student activist Foad Sojoudi-Farimani has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, the eight-year jail-term has been handed down by Judge Pirabbasi of branch 26 of the revolutionary court.
Foad Sojoudi was detained on September 13, 2010 and was transferred to the IRGC-run Ward 2A and was placed under severe pressure to make false confessions.
After 45 days of solitary confinement as well as physical and psychological torture, he was released on a bail of around $500,000, but was subsequently transferred to the Mehregan Mental Hospital as a result of his maltreatment while in detention. A masters student at Amir Kabir University, Sojoudi-Farimani had been admitted into a PhD programme at AUT in the field of biomedical engineering, but was barred from pursuing his education following his arrest.