News from Iran – Week 38 – 2012


Prisoners’ News

  • After 70 days in temporary detention at Intelligence detention center Masoud Hosseinzadeh has been transferred to Tabriz prison.
  • Incarcerated journalist Isa Saharkhiz was admitted to hospital.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations


  • Mohammad Abdolahian arrested for giving aid to Ahar earthquake victims and publicizing info about their condition.
  • Tehran Azad University student Saeed Aghapour was arrested in raid of his home, computer, books etc confiscated
  • Sonia Ahmadi, Baha’i, arrested in Mashhad to serve her sentence.
  • Shiraz University of Technology student activist Amir Garshasbi begins serving his 3 years sentence in Evin 350.
  • Student activist brothers Arash and Siavash Mohammadi arrested in court, where they had gone to follow up on their case, and transferred to Tabriz prison to start serving 3-month sentences.
  • Habib Mousavi Bibalanei, poet, arrested in Gorgan.
  • Nora Nabilzadeh, Baha’i, arrested in Mashhad to serve her sentence.
  • National-Religious Activist, journalist, Alireza Rajaei returned to Evin Prison.
  • Top Student, Soroush Sabet, Bronze winner at Math Olympiad, [ 2 years imprisonment] moved to Evin Prison.
  • Nima Safar Saflaei, poet, arrested in Gorgan.
  • While on medical furlough Mohammad Ali Velayati was summoned back to Evin prison.




  • Alireza Asgari, workers’ rights activist, released.
  • Earthquake volunteer Mohammad-Amin Salehi has been released in Tabriz.


D-Other News


  • Student Peace Prize goes to imprisoned Iranian student Majid Tavakoli.
  • 7,000 prisoners from Karaj prison transferred to new built Tehran prison.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Kurdish political prisoner Mansour Arvand, sentenced to death.
  • Court of Appeal has upheld 5-year sentence and exile to Zabol against Human Rights activist Koohyar Goodarzi.
  • Tehran University post-graduate Economics major Kurdish student Diakou Khayat has been sentenced to 5 years.
  • Political activist Saman Nasim sentenced to death for the membership of groups opposed to regime.
  • Former Tehran mayor Mohammad Tavasoli refused to present defense in Court calling it illegal.
  • Kahrizak case judge Haydarifard, arrested on charges of drugs and gun possession, has been released.
  • 5 people executed in Tehran on Monday.
  • 3 people hanged in Shahrood on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Mohammad Reza Lotfi concert tour license canceled in Babolsar.
  • Released political prisoner, Roozbeh Hossein Tehrani, not allowed to continue his master’s degree studies.
  • Mohammad Yazdani Beigi not allowed to pursue his studies.
  • The Facebook page of a leading Iranian cartoonist, Mana Nayestani, was hacked on September 11, by the Soldiers of Islam, a pro-regime hacker group.
  • Ghazvin branch of Cheshme bookstore closed by Intelligence Ministry.


  • 100 workers of sugar factory in Ahvaz protested in front of Office building of Industry Mine and Trade of Khouzestan.
  • Telecom workers of Western Azerbaijan Hamadan and Kurdistan provinces gathered in front of parliament.
  • Environmental protest against [ NICICo] copper mining operations.
  • Pre-school teachers rally in front of the Parliament.

Iran Economics

  • $1 = 2700 tomans.
  • Iran Central Bank will no longer provide subsidized foreign currency for purchases of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.
  • More than 300 workers of various automotive parts manufacturers were laid off in the last month.
  • Central Bank to announce a daily exchange rate: Iranian Economy Minister.
  • Iran has bought three Airbus-320 planes.

Iran  abroad

  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander says its troops are in Syria.
  • In surprise move, Italy to represent Canada in Iran.
  • Iran’s foreign minister in Damascus for talks.
  • Hardliners protest outside French embassy in Tehran over cartoons.
  • A tombstone was presented as evidence of the intervention of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Syria.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
  • FM met with Omani Commerce Minister.

Politics in Iran

  • Iran removed image of opposition leader Mousavi from official Pictures of all the Rajai’s Cabinet Ministers in the textbook.
  • Pour-Mohammadi, a key player in Iran’s 1988 genocide of political prisoners, says he will run for president in next year.


  • Seven houses destroyed by security forces in Shiraz.

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