On February 14th (25 Bahman) the wife and daughter of incarcerated dissident Dr. Mehdi Khazali, now on the 40th day of his hunger strike at Evin, were kidnapped by security forces in broad daylight while driving towards their house on Azadi street.

Both were reportedly released on bail the next day, Wednesday February 15th, 2012. Charges against them are unknown.


Outspoken regime critic, author and blogger, Dr. Mehdi Khazali, incarcerated in Evin prison, has been on a hunger strike since his violent arrest on January 9, 2012. During this violent arrest Dr. Khazali suffered a broken arm and broken teeth.

Dr. Khazali, an Ophthalmologist, is the son of hard line cleric Ayatolla Khazali, a staunch supporter of Ayatollah Khamenei. Ayatollah Khazali has publicly denounced and distanced himself from his son’s positions.

Dr. Khazali has been arrested a number of times since the 2009 rigged presidential election. His lastest arrest was last July, a violent arrest during which Dr. Khazali suffered injuries.

On the day he was arrested and arraigned, Dr. Khazali vowed to remain on hunger strike until martyrdom, he said, ” “I will go on a hunger strike and will stay on it until martyrdom, I will not touch their food.”

During these past 39 days a number of…

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