News from Iran Week 02 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

English: Evin House of Detention فارسی: زندان اوین

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A-Transfers

  • Abolfazl Abedini transferred to Evin 350 after 10 days in 209.
  • Hamideh Farajzadeh, a well-known Azeri feminist activist transferred to Tabriz prison.
  • Mohammad Amin Hadavi transferred to Evin 350.
  • Imprisoned Kurdish Human Rights activist Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudband was transfered to hospital Mon 1/9.
  • Political prisoner, Sarkoot Khatami is moved from marivan prison to an undisclosed location.
  • Sharif Saeedpanah transferred from Sanandaj prison to Ministry of Intelligence detention centre.
  • Mozafar Salehnia transferred from Sanandaj prison to Ministry of Intelligence detention centre.
  • Shahin Zainali transferred to Evin 350 after 10 days in 209.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Amin Ahmadian, husband of Bahareh Hedayat, arrested.
  • Mahmoud Dardkeshan arrested in Qom and freed one day later.
  • Ehsan Houshmand journalist and national-religious activist arrested.
  • Mehdi Khazali violently arrested.
  • Fatemeh Kheradmand, journalist and wife of Masoud Lavasani, arrested, sent to Evin 290 and banned from visits.
  • Nasrollah Laleh, dervish Gonabadi arrested in Tehran and sent to Evin 290.
  • Saeed Madani, Religious-National activist arrested.
  • Farahnaz Naeemi, baha’i, wife of Bakhtiar Rasekhi, arrested in Kerman.
  • Meisam Nejati Aref, student and workers’ rights activist arrested.
  • Simin Nematollahi, Gonabadi dervish, arrested and sent to Evin 290.
  • Kasri Noori, Gonabadi dervish, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Bakhtiar and Farin Rasekhi (father and daughter), baha’i arrested in Kerman together with wife Farahnaz Naeemi.
  • Sharif Saed Panah, member of Managing board of Free Union of Workers in Iran arrested at home.
  • 250 PPL were arrested Sunday morning in Tehran in what police called arresting of thugs & hoodlums.

 

. C-Libérations

  • Feyzollah Arabasorkhi on medical leave for 2 days.
  • Saman Aryaman released on bail from Ahvaz prison.
  • Alieh Eghdamdoust freed from Evin.
  • Behrouz Faridi political prisoner freed from Tabriz prison.
  • Participation Front member Amir Hossein Hajebian has been released on bail after 28 days in prison.
  • Baha’i Vahid Mahmoudi who was arrested in connection w Baha’i online University and received suspended sanctions was released from Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Behrouz, Leila and Siavash Mohammadi, political prisoners freed from Tabriz prison.
  • Azari student activist Younes Soleymani was arrested 2 weeks ago.

 

D-Other News

  • Jamal Ameli banned from visits and leaves.
  • Imprisoned regime critic cleric Mohammad Sadegh Honarvar is on hunger strike.
  • After Karroubi’s statement re the election was published his wife is now banned from visiting him.
  • Regime critic Dr. Mehdi Khazali on 5th day of hunger strike in solitary confinement.
  • Mehdi Sadat Sharifi unable to attend his father’s funeral.
  • Due to lack of proper medical care, Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi, on the verge of paralysis.
  • Imprisoned student activist Majid Tavakoli was taken to court once again.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Souresh and Vali Afshari, Kurdish activists both sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Haydar Ali Alirezaei, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Mohsen Armin sentenced to 6 years in prison and 5 years ban on political activities.
  • Cyber activist, Vahid Asghari, sentenced to death by judge Salavati.
  • Jamshid Askarian teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Behzad Bagheri, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Mansour Darianoosh, kurdish activist, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Mousavi’s campaign activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh has been sentenced to 4 months in prison+8 months suspended.
  • Ali Hashempour, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Ahmad Reza Hashempour sentence to death confirmed by Supreme Court.
  • Behrad Khodayari sentenced to 91 days in prison; he is a supporter of Tractor Tabriz football team.
  • Sajedeh Kianoushrad is given 1 year jail sentence with 4 years suspended.
  • Javad Lari sentenced to death anew.
  • Saleh Kohandel cleared of new charges.
  • Farzad Madadzadeh cleared of new charges.
  • Reza Malek sentenced to one year in prison and 50 lashes.
  • Mohammad Ali Mansouri cleared of new charges.
  • Yousef Mehrpoya teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Amir  Mirzaei Hekmati sentenced to death for spying.
  • Hasan Mehdi Mohtamadi Mehr’s sentence to 5 years in prison confirmed; he is a member of the Freedom Movement of Iran.
  • Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour wife of imprisoned Reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh has been sentenced to 4 years suspended sentence.
  • Gholamreza Rahmani, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Alireza Rezaei, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Alireza Riyahi, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Hossein Sarpoghi, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Mojtaba Sharifi, teacher and labour activist, arrested last year and released on heavy bail after more than 1 month in solitary, sentenced in Isfahan to 4 years and 5 months in prison + fine.
  • Court of Appeals has upheld the 2 years sentence of Mousavi campaign activist Mohamad Ali Velayati.
  • 9 teachers in Yazd are given a total of 42 months in prison suspended for 5 years.
  • 9 people hanged in Shiraz.
  • One public execution in Gachsaran.
  • 2 executions in Evin.

University  – Culture

  • Struggle at management level of Azad University.
  • Gorgan university student Dorsa Allahverdi has been expelled for being of Baha’i faith.
  • Bojnourd University student Shervin Falah has been expelled for being of Baha’i faith.
  • Shokoofeh Mavadi,  Baha’i student expelled from Zahedan University.
  • Islamic Awakening Congregation in Qom cancelled after only 10 people showed up!
  • Babol University bans facebook accounts for its students.
  • Research Center of Parliament protest against ‘National Internet’; Setback for the government project.
  • Guidance ministry is preparing model for proper Hijab in child-care centers.
  • Since summer mixing of pre-elementary schools’ boys and girls has been banned.
  • Bahman Farman Ara has returned the prizes he received from previous Fajr Film Festivals .
  • Concerns about effects of acid rain on Pasargad, archaeological site.
  • In fifth development plan, Iran to reduce by 10%, the number of humanities students.
  • National Internet seems to be run by Russia.
  • 2 to 6 years in prison is passed Majlis for having a satellite dish.
  • Ahmadinejad ally Farhad Daneshjoo to head Azad University.
  • Iranian movie A Separation won the 2012 American Critics’ Choice award best foreign language film.

Economy in Iran

  • Oil refiners sever links with Iran.
  • Gold price & 20% inflation may force central bank deposit interest rate increase from 12.5%.
  • Dollar reaches 1800 tomans : barter is back and counterfeit dollars appear.
  • Inflation during the past month was 40%.
  • Starting next week, Iran will raise interest rates on bank deposits to over 20%.
  • Iran to crack down on illegal currency dealers starting Sunday.
  • The price of bread has gone up significantly in some areas of Tehran.

Protests

  • Malayer Steel Workers held 24-hour strike over 6 months’ unpaid wages.
  • Textile workers in Mazandaran held a protest in front of the provincial administration office; they have received no salary since 16 months.
  • Fars Railroad company staff protests in front of Majlis.

Iran  abroad

  • Ahmadinejad visits Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba.
  • India to buy Iran oil despite U.S. sanctions.
  • Europe will have a six month waiting period to implement sanctions on Iran.
  • U.S. boycotts three companies for dealings with Iran.
  • French ambassador returns to Iran.
  • Saudi officials: Persian Gulf oil producers are ready to step in and offset any loss of Iranian oil in the market.
  • Goal of Iran sanctions is regime collapse, US official says
  • Paris-based Iran ex-pat group to create Council ahead of March IRI elections.
  • Four Iranian trucks carrying military equipment for Syria stopped at Turkey/Syria border.
  • Mosad agents pretend to work for CIA to recruit members of Jundollah to fight against Iran.
  • Commander of Iran Qods Force, Ghasem Soleimani, was in Syria a few days ago and was received warmly by Bashar Assad.
  • Hamas Leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh to visit Iran in January.
  • Iran supplying weapons to Syria crackdown.

Politics in Iran

  • Ahmadinejad: Mojtaba Khamenei (Khamenei’s son) has embezzled 1.6 billion euros from Iran national reserves.
  • Minister of Interior disqualifies all of Parvin Ahmadinejad competitors (for Majlis elections) in her district.
  • 4 are arrested for “plans for inciting disruption of parliamentary elections.
  • Massive Raid by Intelligence Agents on Homes of Baha’i in Sanandaj .
  • Deputy Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade, arrested.
  • Many MPs banned from running for re-election among them : Ali Motahari, Hamidreza Katouzian, Alireza Mahjoub, Ali Abbaspour Tehrani, Fatemeh Ajorloo, Abbasali Noura, Peyman Forouzesh, Ghodratollah Alikhani and Daryoosh Ghanbari .
  • 30% of candidates for 9th parliament in Tehran State are rejected.
  • Mehdi Rabbani becomes deputy of Operations of IRGC, previously Tehran IRGC Sarallah Base deputy.
  • Travellers who are flying to Turkey & Malaysia can get $1000 amount only at airport after passport check.
  • Currently released Political Prisoners were called to support next Parliament Election by Ministry of Information.
  • Ahmadinejad accuses Mojtaba Khamenei of 1.6 billion euros  embezzlement.

Miscellaneous

  • 5 female inmates mysteriously killed in Gharchak prison in Varamin over the past two days.
  • Last week, a doctor at Alzahra hospital of Isfahan announced that a number of patients with sudden, painful blisters were admitted to the hospital and treated. According to the Iran Khabar news agency, this doctor announced that these injuries are a result of radioactive contact and as all patients are from a small area, it is probably a result of a radioactive leak from a military or lab nuclear test.
  • Senior Natanz executive slain in Tehran 48 hours after Iran began uranium enrichment at Fordo.
  • Assassinated nuclear procurement guy, Ahmadi-Roshan, had disagreements with regime on its nuclear policies.
  • High level of air pollution in Assalouyeh . Tests detect toxins in residents’ blood.
  • About 200 thousand people in Iran are infected with hepatitis C.
  • Pirates seize Iranian ship in Gulf of Aden.
  • U.S. forces rescue another six Iranian mariners

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