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Tehran Prosecutor Again Promises Trial Of Eight Ecologists To Be Held 'Soon'

Iranian environmental activists who have been jailed (from top-left clockwise): Sam Rajabi, Houman Jowkar, Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz, Morteza Arianejad, Taher Ghadirian, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, and Sepideh Kashani.

Exactly two days after the first anniversary of placing prominent Iranian environmental activists behind bars, Tehran's Prosecutor-General says they will be tried, soon.

The state-run Mehr News Agency (MNA) said on Thursday, January 24, that reportedly the trial would be held some time in February/March.

Responding to a question concerning the trial, Tehran's Prosecutor-General said that the trial of the environmentalist suspected of spying would "inshallah" take place, soon.

The Islamic Republic's judicial authorities had earlier repeated the same promise.

The most prominent environmentalist among the detainees, 64-year old Iranian-Canadian sociology professor, Kavous Seyyed-Emami died in prison on February 8, 2018, in Tehran's notorious Evin prison two weeks after his arrest.

Authorities claimed he committed suicide but many in Iran and human rights defenders abroad challenged that claim. No independent investigation was allowed.

Eight other environmentalists are still in Evin prison under the supervision of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' intelligence organization.

At least four of the detainees are charged with espionage against the Islamic Republic, which could be punished by death.