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

Jamshid Sharmahd, a German Iranian dissident and longtime legal resident of California who was kidnapped by the Iranian regime in Dubai in 2020, was tried on Sunday and could be sentenced to death, all over what critics call false ties to a deadly attack on a mosque in 2008.

Political prisoners routinely face sham court proceedings and coerced confessions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The German and EU governments are facing intense criticism for prioritizing a nuclear deal with Tehran over the release of Sharmahd, 66, who has lived in the US since 2003 and campaigned against Islamist tyranny .

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

She added: “The Iranians are fabricating accusations and making an innocent person a scapegoat to make an example of them in order to shock all the opposition, whatever party it is, but all the people who work for a free Iran or who have points of view. different from the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei].

“Jimmy did not have access to his own lawyer in Iran or to his legal team in the United States. This is a violation of his fundamental rights. How can you judge someone without allowing him to examine the evidence Only savages do this, not a civilized society,” Gazelle wrote.

Jamshid Sharmahd in an undated photo.
(Gazelle Sharmahd)

Jamshid is the spokesperson for the exiled opposition group Kingdom Assembly of Iran, based in Los Angeles. The Iranian regime has alleged, without providing any evidence, that Sharmahd was complicit in the 2008 bombing of the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada mosque in the city of Shiraz. The attack left 14 dead and 215 injured.

Lawyer Jason I. Poblete, who is chairman of the Global Liberty Alliance and represents the Sharmahd family, told Fox News Digital: “The German and US governments have a duty to secure Mr. Sharmahd’s unconditional release from Iran. they’re not doing enough If U.S.-Iranian envoy Robert Malley cared more about helping the Americans than signing a deal Iran is already breaking, Jimmy and other hostages would be home today today.”

Poblete was referring to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear deal, which the Iranian regime violated. The United States, Germany and other world powers sought in Vienna to trade sanctions relief against the Iranian regime in return for a renewed deal they hoped would impose temporary restrictions on Tehran’s ability to manufacture nuclear weapons.

Gazelle asked: “America and Germany, where are you? You go to Vienna in luxury hotels [for nuclear talks] while my father is exhibited in this fact for a television show or a kangaroo trial. Where is your humanity? The so-called international community: Where is that compassion for your neighbour? If Iran wants to be treated as an equal among nations, it must earn it. The Supreme Leader is laughing at all of you.”

A State Department spokesman told Fox News he was “aware of reports” of Sharmahd’s detention. The German Foreign Office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Jamshid Sharmahd's daughter said Iran denied her access to its legal team.

Jamshid Sharmahd’s daughter said Iran denied her access to its legal team.
(Gazelle Sharmahd)

Gazelle Sharmahd said, “It’s supposed to be a public event, but it’s all staged.”

Masih Alinejad, Voice of America journalist and women’s rights activist, tweeted: “His name is #JamshidSharmahd. This Iranian of German descent was kidnapped in Dubai by the Islamic Republic of Iran for criticizing the regime. He faces an unfair trial today. Meanwhile, the EU and Germany don’t want to raise his case because “the nuclear deal with Iran is more important.”

The Iranian government sought to abduct Alinejad from Brooklyn, the FBI said in 2021, because of his opposition to the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.


Sharmahd said: “My father was almost murdered by the regime on American soil, right here in California. Now he is kidnapped in the UAE; the UAE is not safe and they did not help no More. Repeated overtures to the UAE in DC and their High price lobbyists have been ignored. What do they have to hide, the UAE? The Iranians and the GTDA [the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention body of independent human rights experts] were more responsive to our US legal team than the UAE, Germany and the US”

Fox News Digital previously reported that Islamic Republic operatives attempted to assassinate her father in California in 2009 over his opposition activities, including his radio show.


The 2009 assassination plot attracted media attention and resulted in the conviction of Mohammad Sadeghnia, who masterminded the planned murder.

Sharmahd gave birth to a daughter on December 31, 2020. She said the situation was “killing us” because her father “wasn’t going to see her.” The baby, Jamshid’s first grandchild, is named Kiana (“elements of nature”, i.e. earth, wind, fire, etc., in Persian).


She added: “We still don’t know how he is, we just saw these photos which were cleared for release by the press. I can see the sheer terror on my father’s face, even hidden behind the mask and prisoner’s uniform, they couldn’t hide the terror in his eyes.

“555 days of solitary confinement, torture and forced confessions, and yet he is still in shock when presented with this scum of a show trial. How can someone endure such physical and psychological pressure for so long? she said.