News from Iran – Week 49 – 2012


Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

  • Pan-Iranist member Eugene Akbari has been transferred from Rejaei Shahr prison to Fardis prison in Karaj.
  • Anvar Moslemi, Behzad Zabihei and Ashkan Zamani transferred from Sari to Mashhad prison.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Nader Askari, a former professor of Islamic Azad University, begins serving his 3 years sentence in Gachsaran.
  • Elmira Basiri, Baha’i from Isfahan, arrested after summon arrested together with her husband.
  • Anvar Moslemi, Baha’i from Sari, recently freed after purging his 1 year sentence, arrested anew.
  • Pouya Pourkhorsand, Baha’i from Isfahan, arrested after summon together with his wife.
  • Mohammad Samavati has been arrested. He is the brother-in-law of Lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei who fled Iran last year.
  • Journalist Mehrdad Serjouie has gone to Evin prison to serve a 3-year sentence.
  • Behzad Zabihi, Baha’i from Sari arrested.
  • Ashkan Zamani, Baha’i from Sari arrested.
  • Furlough extension was denied to Secretary General of Advar-e-Tahkim Ahmad Zeidabadi, he is back in Rejaei Shahr prison.

C- Liberations

  • Ashkan Badiei-Arani, Baha’i from Karj, released on 50 million toman bail.

D- Other News

  • Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour on hungerstrike in Khorramabad prison.
  • Isa Saharkhiz, imprisoned journalist suffered a head injury when attacked by security inside a hospital.
  • The Iranian judiciary reversed the travel ban against Mehraveh, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s  daughter, and therefore Nasrin stopped her hunger strike.
  • Ban on visitations and threat of solitary confinement for refusing to wear prison uniforms.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Maryam Bahreman, women’s rights activists, sentenced to 8 months suspended for 3 years.
  • Ahvaz Court of Appeals has upheld the 18 months sentence of Pan-Iranist member Saman Aryaman.
  • Iran suspends death sentence against Saeed Malekpour, web programmer and Canadian resident.
  • Hiva Ahmadi, Kamal Fakoorian, Ali Ghoreishi, Baha Maleki, Parviz Nazehi, Aziz Nosrati, Peyman Novadinian, Mostafa Sarbazan, Mohammad Sedigh Sadeghi, Reza Vakili, and Ramin Zand-Nia, members of Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan, each sentenced to 4 months in prison and 2 years ban from teaching.
  • 2 men and 1 woman were hanged in Kermanshah on Monday.
  • One man publicly hanged in Kermanshah on Monday.

University – Culture

  • Writer, sociologist, Ehsan Naraghi died in Iran at the age of 86.
  • Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi on shortlist for Oscar nomination.
  • Defense officials at Shahrekord University install cameras on campus.
  • Filmmakers of ‘I am a mother” summoned to court.


  • 2400 workers of SAVEH Rolling and Profile Mills and Navard Louleh Safa entered 7th day of strike.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh’s friends and clients gathered in front of the Tehran Prosecutor’s office to check her status on 47th day of hunger strike, which ended two days later

Iran Economy

  • Major automotive manufacturers’ bankruptcy led to layoff of 280 auto parts manufacturing unit workers.
  • Price of US dollar on the rise again in Iran – surpasses 3000 tomans.
  • Closure of another manufacturing unit, Bojan Refrigerator Factory, with 242 workers.

Politics in Iran

  • Following death of blogger Sattar Beheshti, Tehran’s Fata (cyber) police chief dismissed.
  • Rahim-Mashaee removed as Ahmadinejad’s Chief of Staff.
  • Ahmadinejad criticizes plan to amend Presidential Elections Act voted by Majlis.

Iran  abroad

  • Egypt bars Iranian official from visiting Gaza.
  • Over 300 Iranians are prisoners in Japan.
  • French Petroplus petrochemical plant: Iranians want to buy it.


  • Once again, Tehran’s air pollution reached an alarming level.
  • Schools, offices will be closed in Tehran on Tuesday and Wednesday because of high air-pollution levels.
  • An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale in the city of Kerman.
  • An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale in the city of Birjand : 6 dead.





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