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Iran Confiscates Home Of Couple In Prison For 'Connections' With Exiled Group

Political prisoners in Iran Hassan Sadeqi and his wife Fatemeh Mosanna. File Photos.

Iranian authorities have confiscated the residential home of two political prisoners where their children lived with their 89-year-old grandmother, the Iranian Human Rights News Agency (HRANA) reported on Sunday.

In February 2013 four members of the family of Fatemeh Mosanna and Hassan Sadeqi, including their 10 and 19-year-old children, were arrested on the grounds of holding a memorial for Mr. Sadeqi's father who was a political dissident.

The children of the family were later released from prison but a Revolutionary Court sentenced Fatemeh Mosanna and Hassan Sadeqi to 15 years in prison each and confiscation of all their property for "having connections" with the exiled opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK). Mr. Sadeqi has also spent six years in prison in his youth after being arrested in the 80s for being a sympathizer of the Organization.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (also known as People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran) and its members have been persecuted in Iran since 1981. The group was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in 1997 but was delisted in 2012.

Based on the court order, the Headquarters for Execution of Imam Khomeini's Decree had confiscated the business venue belonging to the couple in March 2018. While on furlough from prison due to coronavirus pandemic Fatemeh Mosanna received the court order for the confiscation of the family home. She has returned to prison now.

The Headquarters for Execution of Imam Khomeini's Decree is a state organization under the direct control of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The organization is in charge of managing and disposal of properties ordered to be confiscated by courts. According to some reports, the value of the properties in the possession of the organization amounts to $95 billion.