Saeed Madani a social scientist and researcher has been given nine years of imprisonment by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court. He was convicted for “propaganda against the establishment” and “organizing opposition groups”. He was arrested in May by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
His work mostly focused on capital punishment, civil society, social movements, violence against women, and prostitution in Iran. He was banned because of publishing such books. One of his works, Against the Death Penalty, was considered an act against national security. He was still in contact with high-ranking security officials even in prisons to seek his advice on protests in Iran.
His lawyer Mahmoud Behzadirad said that Madani had three meetings inside Evin prison with Intelligence Ministry officials. He was asked about the solutions to end the growing violence in the country. Madani thought that the government should stop the violence and the protestors should be given rights.
He was arrested numerous times since 2000 and was exiled to the port city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran in 2016. He is a member of the Iranian Sociological Association and also of the Social Welfare Research Group of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences. He was arrested in 2001 and 2012 as well. His daughter told to Emtedad that her father has been arrested for assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state. She said that the family member’s belongings were confiscated and were not returned even after inquiries.