News from Iran – Week 31 – 2012


News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers


  • Mostafa Daneshjoo, lawyer of Gonabadi dervishes, transferred to Modarres hospital.
  • Amir Eslami, Gonabadi dervish, transferred to Taleghani hospital.
  • Abolfazl Ghadiani transferred to hospital after beating in prison.
  • Afshin Karampour, lawyer of Gonabadi dervishes, transferred to Milad hospital for treatment of his broken leg.
  • Esmaeel Sahabeh transferred to hospital and then back to prison without medical examination.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations


  • Abdollah Abbassi, religious activist, arrested in Kurdistan.
  • Fariba Ashtari, Fariborz Baghi, Shahram Falah, Nategh Naeemi, Iman Rostami, Baha’is arrested in Yazd.
  • Khosro Dehghani, Naghmeh Farabi, Vida Parvini, Baha’is arrested in Vila Shahr.
  • Tahereh Rezaei, Baha’i arrested in Shahin Shahr.
  • Navid Haghighi Baha’i arrested in Arak.
  • Saba Golshan, Sasan Haghiri, Shahram Eshraghi, Azar Pourkhorsand, Baha’is arrested in Isfahan.
  • Journalist and National-Religious activist Mehdi Fakhrzadeh arrested in a raid of his home and transferred to Ward 209.
  • Farhad and Farid Akbari-Fazli sent to Behbahan to serve their sentences of 9 and 7 months.
  • Afshin Ossanlou arrested again.
  • Ahmad Shojaei (Farshid), former Ministry of Intelligence employee, arrested with his son Sajjad Shojaei.




Bahareh Hedayat


  • Naseem Ashrafi, Baha’i from Tehran released on 100 toman bail.
  • Participation Front member Mehdi Eghbal released from prison after serving 33 month sentence.
  • Journalist Mehran Faraji released after serving his 6 month sentence.
  • Political activist Mohammad Reza Hadi released from Tabriz prison after serving 2 years sentence.
  • Bahareh Hedayat released on furlough.
  • Shamis Mohajer, Baha’i from Tehran released on bail.
  • Narges Mohammadi released on 600 million Toman bail.
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian released on furlough.
  • Zhinous Rahimi, Baha’i from Tehran released on bail.
  • Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi released on furlough.
  • Baha’i online university faculty Ramin Zibaei released on a 3 day furlough.


D-Other News


  • Political prisoner Abolfazl Ghadiani has launched a hunger strike protesting inhumane treatment in Evin.
  • Books and note-pads of Ahvazi political prisoners in Ahvaz Karoon prison confiscated.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Shamzin Ahmadnezhad, Kurdish student, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Shahoo Partavi, Kurdish student, sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Shir-Ahmad Shirani political prisoner held in Zahedan last 3 years has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in Ardebil.
  • Verdicts issued for the bank embezzlement case:  4 received death, 2 received life in prison and the rest from 10 to 25 years.

University – Culture

  • By government order, universities are now prohibited from inviting members of the Participation Front as lecturers.
  • Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed wins prestigious physics prize.
  • Martyr Beheshti Foundation website filtered.
  • Iranian actress Leila Hatami honoured with French Ordre des Arts et Lettres – TehranTimes.


  • Protest rally in front of parliament.

Economy in Iran

  • Gold and foreign currency on the rise again in Iran: USD at 1974 Tomans Monday, 2020 Tomans on Thursday, 2106 Tomans on Friday.
  • Sparrow kebab sold in Ahvwaz.
  • 7 people arrested for stealing dry bread (crackers) from overturned trailer.
  • Shortage of wheat for bakeries expected.
  • Iran has increased import duty on some products from 45% to 90%, hurting rice exports from India and Pakistan.

Iran abroad

  • Syria has expanded chemical weapons supply with Iran’s help, documents show.
  • 2 Iranian sailors released from detention in Qatar return to Iran.
  • Syrian FM comes to Iran for unscheduled visit, meets with leaders.
  • Indian Police: people responsible for February bombing are directly linked to IRGC.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on an official visit to China.
  • Armed men in Benghazi, Libya kidnapped 7 Red Crescent Society workers from Iran.
  • Egypt’s Morsi has decided not to attend Tehran NAM conference.

Politics in Iran

  • Release of Green Movement leaders precondition for 2013 elections, says Khatami.
  • Court cancels appointment of Kahrizak judge Saeed Mortazavi as head of Social Security.
  • Senior IRGC commander admits growing economic instability, fears renewal of mass protests.
  • Court case filed against Javad Larijani for usurping land in Javad Abad in Tehran province.
  • Saeed Mortazavi attends official cabinet meeting despite dissolution of his appointment.
  • Iranian forces in Ramadan crackdown on Arab villages (arresting 15 for becoming Sunni).
  • Administration, Parliament clash again over Mortazavi.


  • Police seize over 2 tons of opium in Southern Iran.
  • Rosa Gharachorloo professor of law, member of the Bar Association Commission on Human Rights, has died.
  • 3 dead, 15 injured in fire at Iran’s biggest petrochemical complex – 9 in critical condition.
  • Bronze medal for Iran weightlifter Kianoush Ramezani.



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