News from Iran – Week 30 – 2012

Narges Mohammadi
Standard

News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

Narges Mohammadi

  • On day 56 of hunger strike Human Rights activist Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand was admitted to hospital for 2 hours then returned to Evin.
  • Narges Mohammadi is back in prison.
  • Vahid Rastgoo transferred to methadone ward in Tabriz prison.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mitra Aali was transferred to Evin 350 to start serving her 1 year prison term.
  • Ashkan Alhayari begins serving his 1 year sentence in Evin.
  • Goudarz Beidaghi Baha’i from Semnan begins serving his 1 year sentence
  • Human Rights activist, Dr Ehsam Firouzi started his 18 Month prison sentence in Evin.
  • Habib Halefi, political Arab activist, arrested at home.
  • Abtin Jahanian, begins serving his 3 year sentence in Evin.
  • Adibeh Kalantari, Kurdish student, arrested.
  • Ali Mola Haji, student in Ghazvine University, begins serving his 3 year sentence in Evin.
  • Shamim Naeemi, Baha’i, arrested after summon in Tehran.
  • Mansour Naghipour, human rights activist, begins serving his 7 year sentence in Evin.
  • Zohreh Nikaeen, mother of a five month-old baby, begins serving her 23 month sentence.
  • Baha’i Aziz Samandari jailed in Iran for 5 years.
  • Ahmad Shariat the regime supporter blogger arrested.
  • Taraneh Torabi, mother of a one month baby, summoned to serve her 23 month sentence .
  • Nahid Zahraei, Baha’i, arrested at home in Tehran.

 

C-Liberations

  • Hasan Asadi-Zeidabadi, Advar member, released on bail on furlough.
  • Mojtaba Karimi, Esfahan University student activist, released on bail.
  • Ali Malihi, Advar member, released on bail on furlough.
  • Civil activist Hashem Mirzaei has been released on bail from Tabriz prison.
  • Erfan Mohammadi, Esfahan University student activist, released on bail.
  • Farahnaz Naeemi, Baha’i, released on bail.
  • Bakhtiar and Farin Rasekhi, Baha’is, released on bail.
  • Amin Zargarnezhad freed on bail.

 

D-Other News

  • Syrian-born Kurdish political prisoner Ramezan Ahmad Kamal serving 10-year sentence, on hunger strike.
  • Kurdish journalist/Human Rights activist Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand has ended his hunger strike.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Naser Behjati sentenced to 1.5 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Ali Borna sentenced to 3 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Soleiman Cheragh-Manan sentenced to 4 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Mohammad Ebrahimzadeh sentenced to 1 year in prison in Mahabad.
  • Baha’i Ehsan Erfani has been sentenced to 1 year in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Semnan.
  • Akbar Gavili, Kurdish environmentalist, sentenced to 2 years in Sanandaj.
  • Osman Ghadernezhad sentenced to 4 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • MohammadAmin Ghaderzadehsentenced to 5 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Zanyar Ghaderzadeh sentenced to 3 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Esmail Hamzehpour sentenced to 5 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Morad Hasanzadeh sentenced to 1 year in prison in Mahabad.
  • Political/civil activist Roozbeh Khanpayeh has been sentenced to 4,5 years in prison + 8 months suspended sentence.
  • Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani to be executed August 11.
  • Veria Khosravi, Kurdish environmentalist, sentenced to 4 years in Sanandaj.
  • Former MP and Participation Front member Rajabali Mazrouie has been sentenced to 18 months in prison + 5 year ban on journalism.
  • Ali and Chia Molanezhad sentenced to 5 years in prison each in Mahabad.
  • Osman Molanezhad sentenced to 10 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Samkoo Osmani sentenced to 18 months in prison in Mahabad.
  • Human Rights activist Dr.Yousef Pourseifi sentenced to 5 years and 6 months in prison.
  • Ghasem Rahimi sentenced to 1 year in prison in Mahabad.
  • Kamran Rahimi, Kurdish environmentalist, sentenced to 3 years in Sanandaj.
  • Soleiman Rahimzadeh, and brothers Kaveh and Loghman Saleki sentenced to 4 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Davoud Shiri, environmentalist, sentenced to 4 months in Tabriz.
  • Naser Tarighi sentenced to 5 years in prison in Mahabad.
  • Anwar and Mohammad Yazid-Doost sentenced to 2 years in prison each in Mahabad.
  • 22 years old man convicted of cutting off a finger of another man during a fight is sentenced to hand amputation as retribution.
  • Siyasat Rooz magazine was exonerated of charges of publishing lies.
  • 17 years old receives the death penalty for committing murder when 15.
  • A man was hanged in Ilam on Tuesday.

 

University – Culture

  • Police continue with raiding the homes and collecting satellite dishes, this time in Bukan.
  • Ershad Ministry has banned billboards for foreign travel, except for pilgrimage.
  • Parviz Piran, prominent professor of Sociology expelled from Allameh Tabatabaie University.

 

Protests

  • First protest during 2012 against economic conditions in Nishapur, north-eastern Iran.

 

Economy in Iran

  • Iran introduces 3-tiered foreign exchange rate: USD at 1226, 1500, and 1910 tomans.
  • Iran to import 20,000 tons of frozen chicken from Brazil.
  • Food prices in Iran up 37% since last year’s Ramadan.
  • Workers owed 4 month wages at Ziviea Dam project.
  • Iran to import wheat from Pakistan in exchange for chemical fertilizers
  • Iran Khodro says it can live without PSA.
  • Ahvaz Pipe Factory workers have not been paid for 20 months.
  • Iran stops selling subsidized foreign currency to Iranians traveling abroad.

 

Iranabroad

  • New diplomatic crisis: Yemen officials have threatened to expel all Iran embassy diplomats.
  • India bars 3 Iranian banks on security fears.
  • Iran denies news reports of death in Damascus, Syria, of IRGC’s Ghassem Soleimani, a commander of the Ghods Force.
  • Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award given to Arash and Kamran Alaei for their work on HIV/AIDS in Iran.
  • Iran builds 1st tanker for Venezuela.
  • Ali Saeedlou, vice president for foreign affairs, received Syria‘s deputy prime minister in Tehran, and called for expansion of trade between the two countries.
  • Student bassiji protest against Bahrain presence in non-aligned meeting to be held in Tehran.

 

Politics in Iran

  • Iran began leasing agricultural land to Qatar as of 8 months ago.
  • Mojtaba Vahedi breaks ties to Karroubi, so he can pursue overthrow of regime.
  • Brother of Quds Force commander Ghassem Soleimani, Sohrab Soleimani – Director General of Tehran Province prisons – dismissed on charges of embezzlement and corruption and arrested; he was stealing prisoners’ and guards’ food rations.
  • Illegal residents being processed by the thousands: official.
  • Iran province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad bans transport of chicken across state lines.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 65% of Lake Urmia has dried up.
  • Iran nuclear energy facility hit with malware that plays AC/DC at full volume.
  • 143 traditional tea and coffee houses closed in Karaj.

 

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