Iran ‘sham’ trial of California resident sparks allegations that world powers have deserted him


Jamshid Sharmahd, a German Iranian dissident and long-term authorized resident of California who was kidnapped by Iran’s regime in Dubai in 2020, went on trial Sunday and will face the dying penalty, throughout what critics are calling false hyperlinks to a lethal bombing at a mosque in 2008.

Political prisoners routinely face sham authorized proceedings and coerced confessions within the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

The German and European governments are going through intense criticism for prioritizing a nuclear cope with Tehran over securing the discharge of the 66-year-old Sharmahd, who has lived within the U.S. since 2003 and campaigned in opposition to the Islamist tyranny.

Gazelle Sharmahd, Jamshid’s daughter, wrote to Each day Submit Digital through electronic mail from California, saying, “This is not a court or a trial at all, this is a propaganda show they have been preparing for the last 18 months. It is very disturbing that the free world can stand by and do little to help Jimmy [Jamshid] and so many others who are going through this.” 

She added, “The Iranians are fabricating charges and scapegoating an innocent man to make an example of him in order to shock the entire opposition, no matter which part of the opposition, but all people who work for a free Iran or hold points of view different from the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei].

“Jimmy has not had entry to his personal lawyer in Iran or to his authorized staff within the U.S. It is a violation of his elementary rights. How will you attempt somebody with out permitting them to assessment the proof in opposition to them? Solely savage folks do that, not a civilized society,” Gazelle wrote.

Jamshid Sharmahd in an undated photo.

Jamshid Sharmahd in an undated picture.
(Gazelle Sharmahd)

Jamshid is the spokesperson for the Los Angeles-based Kingdom Meeting of Iran exile opposition group. Iran’s regime has alleged, with out offering any proof, that Sharmahd was complicit in a 2008 bombing of the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada Mosque within the metropolis of Shiraz. The bombing resulted within the deaths of 14 folks, and 215 others had been injured.

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Legal professional Jason I. Poblete, who is president of International Liberty Alliance and is representing the Sharmahd household, instructed Each day Submit Digital: “The German and American governments have a duty to secure Mr. Sharmahd’s unconditional release from Iran; they are not doing nearly enough. If the U.S.-Iran envoy, Robert Malley, cared more about helping Americans rather than inking a deal Iran is already breaking, Jimmy and other hostages would be home today.” 

Poblete was referencing the 2015 Joint Complete Plan of Motion, the formal identify for the nuclear deal, which Iran’s regime has breached. The U.S., Germany and different world powers have been looking for in Vienna to commerce sanctions aid for Iran’s regime in change for a renewed settlement they hoped would impose non permanent restrictions on Tehran’s functionality to construct nuclear weapons.

Gazelle requested, “America and Germany, where are you? You go to Vienna to fancy hotels [for nuclear talks] while my dad is paraded in this made for a television show or kangaroo trial. Where is your humanity? The so-called international community: Where is this compassion for your fellow human being? If Iran wants to be treated as an equal among the nations, it has to earn it. The supreme leader is making a mockery of you all.” 

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A State Division spokesperson instructed Each day Submit it is “aware of the reports” of Sharmahd’s detention. The German International Ministry didn’t instantly reply to Each day Submit Digital’s requests for remark.

Jamshid Sharmahd's daughter said Iran blocked him from access to his legal team.

Jamshid Sharmahd’s daughter mentioned Iran blocked him from entry to his authorized staff.
(Gazelle Sharmahd)

Gazelle Sharmahd mentioned, “This is supposed to be a public event, but it’s all staged.”

Masih Alinejad, a Voice of America journalist and a girls’s rights campaigner, tweeted, “His name is #JamshidSharmahd. This German-Iranian was kidnapped from Dubai by the Islamic Republic of Iran for being critical of the regime. He faces an unfair trial today. Meanwhile, EU & Germany don’t want to raise his case because ‘the nuclear deal with Iran is more important.’”

The Iranian authorities sought to abduct Alinejad in Brooklyn, the FBI mentioned in 2021, due to her opposition to the clerical regime in Tehran.


Sharmahd mentioned, “My dad was almost assassinated by the regime on U.S. soil, right here in California. Now he is kidnapped in the UAE; the UAE is not safe and they have not helped either. Repeated overtures to the UAE in D.C. and their high-priced lobbyists have been ignored. What do they have to hide, the UAE? The Iranians and the WGAD [the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention body of independent human rights experts] have been more responsive to our American legal team than the UAE, Germany and the U.S.”

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Each day Submit Digital beforehand reported that brokers of the Islamic Republic sought to assassinate her father in California in 2009 due to his opposition actions, together with his radio speak present.


The 2009 assassination plot garnered widespread media consideration and resulted within the conviction of Mohammad Sadeghnia, who organized the deliberate homicide. 

Sharmahd gave start to a woman on Dec. 31, 2020. She mentioned the scenario has been “killing us” as a result of her father was “not going to see her.” The newborn, Jamshid’s first grandchild, is called Kiana (“elements of nature,” i.e. earth, wind, hearth, and many others., in Persian). 


She added, “We still do not know how he is, we just saw these pictures that were allowed to be circulated by the press. I can see the sheer terror in my dad’s face, even hidden behind the mask and the prisoner uniform. They could not hide the terror that is evident in his eyes. 

“555 days of isolation, torture and compelled confessions, but he’s nonetheless in shock once they current this rubbish of a present trial to him. How can anybody endure this quantity of bodily and psychological stress for such a very long time?” she mentioned.


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