Iranian-Austrian businessman Kamran Ghaderi was detained upon arrival in Tehran on January 2, 2016, when visiting for an official Austrian-Iranian trade meeting attended by senior Austrian officials. He is currently being held at Tehran’s Evin Prison. Ghaderi is the CEO of Avanoc, an Austrian IT management and consulting company that has worked in Iran for many years. Ghaderi had been living with his wife and three children in Vienna at the time of his arrest. In response to his arrest, his wife Harika said, “everything he’s been doing is legal, he was working in Iran; it’s not forbidden.”
Treatment in Prison
Kamran was allowed to call his mother in April 2016 for the first time since his arrest. Since then, she has been allowed to visit him in prison every other week. Harika said her husband has lost a lot of weight since his arrest. According to an anonymous source, “they threatened him that if he didn’t cooperate, his wife would be taken into custody. They forced him to sign a confession under intimidation and psychological torture, otherwise they had nothing to convict him of espionage.”
Conviction & Sentencing
On October 18, 2016, Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that Ghaderi was among six individuals who received 10-year sentences for spying and working with the hostile government in Washington. According to the anonymous source, the prosecution used a coerced confession to convict Ghaderi. Responding to the charges, his wife said, “How can they say something like that about Kamran? I don’t understand,” adding that he had no ties to the United States and was not involved in politics. She said that the family is planning to appeal the sentence.