News from Iran – Week 40 – 2012

Mohammad Ali Dadkah
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

  • Political prisoner Fayzollah Arabsorkhi has launched a hunger strike protesting denied medical care; he stopped when transferred to hospital.
  • Imprisoned Journalist Mohammad Reza Pourshajari (Siamak Mehr) taken to hospital after heart attack.
  • Keyvan Rahimian transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah, prominent Human Rights lawyer, has gone to Evin to serve a 9 year prison sentence.
  • Children’s books translator Nazanin Daihimi reported to Evin to start serving her 8 months sentence.
  • Nava and Nika Khalousi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against their home in Mashhad.
  • Mahsa Mahdavi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against her home in Mashhad.
  • Mehdi Emami-Naseri, editor in chief of Maghreb newspaper arrested.
  • Two people arrested for publishing music on Internet.
  • On the pretext of ridding the Salmas in West Azerbaijan of thugs, security arrested 15 people – no charges known.

C-Liberations

  • Behrooz Alavi activist arrested at the earthquake site has been released.
  • Mohammad Azadi released from Evin.
  • Hamid-Reza Moseibian activist arrested at the earthquake site has been released.
  • Mehdi Rahmanian, editor in chief of Shargh newspaper, was released on 50 million toman bail.
  • Baha’i citizen Shahnaz Ranjbar summoned twice by Intelligence Bureau, arrested.
  • Esmail Salmanpour activist arrested at the earthquake site has been released.
  • Hooman Taheri activist arrested at the earthquake site has been released.

D-Other News

  • Saeed Malekpour, jailed web programmer who is sentenced to death, ‘expressed remorse and repented’.
  • Political prisoner Fardin Moradpour started a dry hunger strike to protest being severely beaten.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Shahab Abbasi, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to execution.
  • Hadi Albokhanfarnezhad, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to 3 years in exile in Ardebil.
  • Taher Eskandarian sentenced by Appeals to 3 years in prison.
  • Student activist Mohammad Haji Babaei sentenced to 5 months in prison.
  • Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of Ebrahim Isapour on Moharebeh charges.
  • Sami Jadmavinezhad, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to 3 years in exile in Ardebil.
  • Abdolreza-Amir Khanafereh, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to execution.
  • Jasem Moghadam, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to 3 years in exile in Ardebil.
  • Abdolamir Mojdami, Arab activist, arrested in 2008 was sentenced to execution.
  • Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of Sirvan Nezhavi on Moharebeh charges.
  • Civil rights activist Hamid Reza Ranjbar sentenced to 3 years in prison and 74 lashes.
  • Afrasiab Sobhani sentenced by Appeals to 1 year in prison.
  • Pouya Tabianian sentenced by Appeals to 6.5 years.
  • Hand amputation for the person convicted of theft to be carried out in public.
  • Three Afghan nationals hanged in Tabas on Monday.
  • Two hangings in Naghadeh on Tuesday.
  • One Afghan national hanged in Evin on Tuesday.
  • Two men charged with theft publicly lashed in Masjed Soleiman; one received 50 lashes the other 70.

University – Culture

  • San Sebastian Film Festival lauds works of Touraj Aslani, Majid Barzegar.
  • Iran lifts block on Gmail.
  • More than 50 female students of Shahrekord Uni expelled from dormitory for dress code violations
  • 9 Internet cafes have been closed in North Khorasan since the start of year.
  • Iranian websites that give current currency rates filtered.
  • Banned from filmmaking,yet Jafar Panahi has made another movie, says Abbas Kiarostami.
  • Iran student magazine “Arman” at Tehran Azad University banned; equipment confiscated.

Protests

  • Tehran bazar closed; bazari hold gathering to protest rising prices/dollar exchange rate; anti-riot police reported they arrested around 150 people, including 2 Europeans.
  • Iran Security forces clashed with people gathered at Ferdowsi Bazar in Mashhad.
  • A second petition by workers with 20,000 names protests government’s indifference to first petition.

Iran Economics

  • 200 workers laid off at Electric Khodro Shargh Company (EKS)
  • $1 = 2770 tomans on Saturday, 3050 on Sunday, 3500 on Monday, 4000 on Tuesday
  • Tehran Metro partly lying idle because of subsidy cuts.
  • The Pouya auto parts factory that laid off 1,300 workers in February has now completely shut down.
  • Tehran Bazaar partly closed on Monday because of currency crisis.
  • Trade in gold coins and US dollar in Tehran Bazaar ‘stopped’ on Tuesday.
  • Damash mineral water plant shut down.
  • Isfahan’s goldsmiths’ Bazaar half closed because of currency crisis.
  • Tehran’s bazaar remained closed on Thursday.

Iran  abroad

  • Ahmadinejad’s former-Basiji cameraman defects in New York; Debka File claims he was recruited last year, and brought secret nuclear site videos with him
  • Tehran transfers $10 billion to aid Assad war effort, and Ahmadinejad awards Iran’s highest national medal to Assad.
  • German investigators uncover more illegal exports.
  • First Vice President, Mohammad Reza Rahimi visits Turkey to discuss economic cooperation.
  • Three kidnapped Iranian nationals freed in Syria after four months.
  • Six Iranian pilgrims killed in Karbala.

Politics in Iran

  • French embassy in Tehran ‘under attack’.
  • Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani cancels press conference.

Miscellaneous

  • More than 8,000 stray dogs have been killed in Mashhad this year.
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