News from Iran – Week 41 – 2012


Prisoners News

A- Transfers

  • Mohammad Nazari who sewed his lips, transferred to prison clinic after 38 days on hunger strike.
  • Blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari is back in prison before completing treatment in hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Ehsanollah Amanian, Gonabadi dervish, receives 50 lashes and goes to prison to serve his 5 months sentence.
  • Student activist Behrouz Faridi, arrested at home to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Despite need for medical care, furlough extension for political prisoner Kazem Motamed has been denied, he is back in Evin.
  • Baha’i Adib Shoaei has been arrested in Mashhad.
  • Iran arrests 16 forex market manipulators.
  • 150 arrested at a party in Gilan province.
  • 4 more people arrested at ‘Maghreb’ newspaper, charges unknown.


  • None

D-Other News

  • Imprisoned defrocked cleric, blogger, journalist Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour started hunger strike on Wednesday.
  • Mohammad Eskandarzadeh banned from leave.
  • Vahid Habibcheshmeh banned from leave.
  • Mehdi Hashemi banned from visits.
  • Vahid Rastgoo banned from leave.
  • Abdolfattah Soltani awarded with IBA Human Rights Award.
  • Since Friday Oct. 5, political prisoner Farah Vazehan has been on hunger strike.
  • Evin 350 was raided by guards, political prisoners and their belongings searched, prisoners responded by roaring protest chants.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mohammad Eskandarzadeh, Azeri activist, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Hasan Fatemi, two legs paralyzed, sentenced by Appeals to 3 years in prison; he is in Saqqez prison.
  • Vahid Habibcheshmeh, Azeri activist, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Appeals confirmed 8 year jail sentence + 10-year ban on working as journalist of Sam Mahmoudi, editor for history and book services of Shargh paper.
  • Political prisoner Ali Moezzi refused again to appear in court as he deems it illegal “puppet court”.
  • Behnoud Ramezani’s parents sentenced to 8 months, his aunt sentenced to 4 months for holding memorial services for him.
  • Vahid Rastgoo, Azeri activist, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Sentence of one year in jail confirmed for Gonabadi Dervish, Alireza Roshan.
  • Afsaneh Toghi, Azeri activist, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • 5 people executed in Zahedan on Saturday.
  • Due to medical negligence a prisoner has died of food poisoning in Zahedan.
  • 5 people executed in Shiraz on Sunday, two of them publicly.
  • Two people hanged at Dizel Abad prison in Kermanshah on Monday.
  • Supreme Leader pardons 30, reduces prison terms of 67 serving sentences in Qazvin prison.
  • From October 2011 to October 2012: 488 executions in Iran.
  • Iran was the only country in 2010 and 2011 to still execute those under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed.
  • 4 men hanged in Tabriz prison on Wednesday.

University – Culture


  • More than 200 bus drivers in Tehran protested in front of the main building of the Municipal Council in Tehran. Thousands of Vahed Company workers join protestors.
  • About 200 family members of people on death row gathered in front Khamenei’s compound asking for abolition of death penalty.

Iran Economics

  • Iran website posts foreign exchange rates but suspends gold prices.
  • $ 1 = 3500 toman on Tuesday.
  • Some media outlets in Iran put real exchange value of US dollar as 6,300 tomans.
  • Turkey confirmed that there had been an explosion in the natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey in the night between Sunday and Monday.

Iran abroad

  • German government calls for the release of Shiva Nazar Ahari.
  • Iran sends supertanker to deliver crude oil to South Korea.
  • Iranian aid workers in Libya freed.
  • Foreign airlines, including Malaysia AirAsia, Britairways, Tajikistan and Britain BMI, ceasing services to Iran amid its mounting economic problems.
  • Azerbaijan sentenced 22 people to jail for assisting IRGC in Iran in alleged terror plots against US and Israeli targets
  • Statement by Catherine Ashton’s spokesperson on the imminent execution of Gholamreza Khosravi.

Politics in Iran

  • Khamenei refuses to meet with Ahmadinejad.
  • MP and Ahmadinejad opponent: ‘Ahmadinejad asked twice for the end of Mousavi and Karroubi’s house arrest!
  • Ahmadinejad fired competent ministers: Asgarouladi.
  • Heads of Evin Prison call on Ahmadinejad’s advisors to prevent his visit to the prison.


  • Iran blocks cyber-attack on its oil drilling platforms.
  • Tabriz Police: 19 traditional restaurants have been ordered closed and 62 people arrested for not observing Islamic laws.
  • Iran sees 500 cyber-attacks a day; says Communication Minister. Cyber-criminals are targeting Skype users, using ransomware and click fraud.
  • An earthquake with a 4.8 magnitude shook Shiraz in Fars province on Wednesday.
  • 2 billion cubic meters of water transferred to Lake Urmia in a year.


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