The couple’s daughter, Dabrina, told Article18 that her parents are “safe and well” and are determined to continue their legal battle against their combined 15-year prison sentence.
Dabrina, who now lives in Switzerland, has spoken repeatedly of her fears for her senior parents’ safety, should they be forced to serve time in prison, especially as reports of coronavirus in Evin Prison continue.
Victor will celebrate his 66th birthday next month, and Shamiram turns 65 in December.
Since their sentencing, the couple was summoned to countless appeal hearings, only for them to be cancelled for a variety of reasons including the court being “too crowded” and the assignment of a new judge to the case. Their last scheduled appeal hearing on June 1 was cancelled without excuse.
“We continue to pray and hope for their sentences to be dropped,” Dabrina said. “We pray for justice both for my parents and for all the believers suffering in prisons.”
Last Tuesday, August 11, Shamiram received word that her appeal had been rejected and an official summons to begin her five-year sentence at the country’s infamous Evin Prison—known as “Iran’s torture factory.” Three weeks earlier, Victor’s lawyer called, telling him that his appeal against his 10-year prison sentence had been rejected.
Article 18 reported that the couple, who are both in their mid-sixties, decided with heavy hearts to leave their homeland and continue their legal battle abroad.
Dabrina added that her parents are determined to return to Iran if they can overturn the unjust prison sentences against them.