News from Iran – Week 11 – 2012


News of the Prisoners


  • Arsalan Bourna political prisoner in Sanandaj has been taken to an unknown destination.
  • Hamid Moghadasi transferred to hospital after heart strike.
  • Abdolfattah Soltani transferred to Evin 350.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Student activist Peyman Aref was arrested in a raid of his home Tuesday. This is his 3rd arrest.
  • Hossein Kamangar, human rights activist of Kamyaran, was arrested 40 days ago; no news so far.
  • Pedram Nasrollahi, Workers’ Rights activist, arrested in Sanandaj.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes member Kasra Nouri was re-arrested Wednesday in a raid of his home in Shiraz.
  • Christian convert Fariborz Parsinejad has been arrested in Esfahan.
  • Behnoud Ramezani’s parents and aunt were arrested on Tuesday, his memorial services cancelled by Intelligence Minister in Ghaemshahr .
  • Farid Taheri, member of Iran Freedom Movement, back to Evin after 2 days furlough.
  • Mohammad Tavasoli, member of Iran Freedom Movement, back to Evin after 2 days furlough.
  • 48 men and women arrested in a night party in Hamedan.
  • Teacher Amin Yaghinlou was arrested Feb 20 in Shahriyar. Reason for arrest is unknown.


  • Sumitra Momtazian, Baha’i from Shiraz, released on 100 million toman bail.

D-Other News

  • Ahmadreza Ahmadpour on hunger strike.
  • Dr. Asadollah Asadi attempted suicide due to depression caused by mental & physical torture.
  • Davood Bahmanabadi ended his hunger strike.
  • Attempted assassination of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Prison.
  • Amnesty International launches urgent action for journalist Rahman Ghahremanpour Bonab.
  • Daughter of Iran opposition leader MirHossein Mousavi is fine, after her car was in an accident caused by intelligence agent who pursued her.
  • Taghi Rahmani, Nargess Mohammadi’s spouse, has left Iran with their young twins to start a new life away from oppression.
  • Mohammad Ali Velayati on hunger strike.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ayeh Anvari Baha’i, has been sentenced to 1 1/2 year.
  • Azari political activist Mehdi Dayhimi has been sentenced to 5 months in prison.
  • Anisa and Keyvan Dehghani, Baha’i, have been sentenced to 1 1/2 year each.
  • Poet and Women’s rights activist Faranak Farid has been sentenced to 91 days in prison + fines by Court in Tabriz.
  • Human Rights Activisist Kouhyar Goudarzi sentenced to 5 years in prison in exile in Zabol.
  • Ali Khodabakhsh, owner of Shargh newspaper sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Member of Nematolahi Dervishes Parviz Malekshahi has been sentenced to 6 months by the Appeals Court.
  • Journalist Keyvan Mehregan gets one-year jail term.
  • Sanaz Tafzali Baha’i  has been sentenced to 1 1/2 year.
  • 8 prisoners executed in Zahedan, 2 were women.
  • Three prisoners were executed in Shahr-e-Kord early morning on Saturday.
  • 2 men publicly hanged in Mashhad on Tuesday morning.
  • Three executions in Ghazvine prison on Tuesday morning.

University  – Culture

  • Film director Jafar Panahi awarded ARTS FOR LIBERTY PRIZE.

    Jafar Panahi

    Jafar Panahi

  • Meshkat Shadepour, student of computer studies at the Imam `Ali University in Yazd, has been expelled because of his religious beliefs, he is Baha’i.
  • Afrouz Zabihi, Baha’i, expelled from secondary school because of her beliefs.
  • ‘Principalist’ website is filtered after revealing details of a deal by Iran with significant advantage 4 China.
  • Ceremony in honor of Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi canceled after failing 2receive official permission.
  • Al Jazeera to launch Farsi-language channel.
  • Judiciary orders that printing of special supplement of Iran newspaper with special analysis of Presidential hearing be stopped
  • Newspaper Fekrat banned from publication.
  • Khashayar Zara`i, member of judo national team, expelled from the university because he is a Baha’i.

Economy in Iran

  • Approximately $1.4 billion stolen by government from private banks.
  • License of electronic bank Aryan has been revoked.
  • Last year Iran had a budget surplus of 8% of GDP while it borrowed from domestic sources 11.6% of GDP.
  • Iran cut off from global financial system.
  • $1 = 2200 tomans.
  • Iran buys U.S. wheat again.


  • More than 100 workers of Espidar china factory in Saveh had a gathering in protest of not being paid for five months in front of the factory on Feb 27th.
  • 2,000 workers on strike in Shushtar.
  • Sugar factory workers protest the withholding of wages in Ahvaz.

Iran  abroad

  • Iranian alleged arms-dealer released from U.S. prison after 5 years.
  • Japan follows allies, adds Iranian bank (bank Tejarat) to sanctions list.
  • Bank Melli, state-run lender that is subject to 2EU sanctions, lost an EU court bid to unfreeze its funds.
  • U.N. questions Iranian elections.
  • Ahmadinejad, Defense Minister meet with Azerbaijani Defense Minister.
  • Hussein Amir-Abdollahian, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs: Iran will continue to give full support to the Syrian government and people.
  • Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad’s Press Adviser and head of IRNA news agency visits Lebanon.
  • Iranian man held in Malaysia et accused of involvement in alleged terror plot in Bangkok appeared in court.
  • Mahmoud Zahar, top Hamas official visits Tehran.
  • Warrant against 3 Iranians in Delhi blast case.
  • UK launches “UK for Iraninans” site after shut down of its Embassy in Iran.
  • Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran.
  • Azerbaijan arrests 22 Iranian spies.
  • India and Iran agree to boost trade between the countries to USD 25 billion.
  • Ambassador to Sofia ready to invest in construction of oil refinery in Bulgaria.
  • First Vice President: Iran is ready to hold training courses for the Iraqi workforce in various fields.
  • Majlis member Assadallah Abbasi 4,000 of the Oil Ministry’s experts have sought asylum in foreign countries.

Politics in Iran

  • Green Coordination Council says election boycott a ‘triumph’ for opposition.
  • Mothers of Laleh Park denounce persecution of activists.
  • Iranian Majlis approves allocation of $18-billion to administration.
  • Ahmadinejad appoints members of supervisory constitutional board – First Vice President Mohammadreza Rahimi, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Supervision Ibrahim Azizi, Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammadreza Mirtajedini, and Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiari.
  • IRI stations its security forces in streets of Mashhad to prevent celebrations of Chahrshanbeh Souri.
  •  Ahmadinejad mocks Majlis members during his hearing.
  • Rafsanjani, dubbed “the shark,” has been appointed by the Supreme Leader as the new Chairman of the Expediency Council.


  • Sedigheh Zare’ieFirst Iranian woman to graduate in naval navigation.
  • According to UN, 89% of opium and 32% of heroin drugs trafficking in the world are being dealt by Iran.
  • Bushehr nuclear power plant taken off Iran’s electric grid.
  • Dust pollution in Khouzestan province at alarming level.

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