On 5 January 2012, Sharif and another board member of the Independent Iranian Workers’ Union, Mozaffar Saaleh-nia, were arrested on false charges and have been prosecuted several times since then. On 23 February 2013, during the last court hearing of the cases of Sharif Saaed-panaah and Mozaffar Saaleh-nia, they were informed by the judge that if they were to report to the (Ministry of) Information Office and commit themselves to resigning from the Independent Iranian Workers’ Union, they would be acquitted of all charges; otherwise, they would await sentencing. Sharif and Mozaffar, emphasizing the legality of the Independent Iranian Worker’s Union, have declared that they will continue their activities and membership in the Union.
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