News from Iran – Week 52 – 2012

Heshmatollah Tabarzadi
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Younes Aghayan, death row political prisoner, moved from Mahabad to solitary in Oromieh prison.
  • Kamal Kashani, Payam Markazi, Siamak Sadri, Fahrmand Sana’i, Kourosh Ziari, Farhad and Foad Fahandezh, all Baha’is, transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Student activist Mostafa Nili transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Death row Kurdish political prisoner Houshang Rezaei moved to Rajaei Shahr prison after 6 months in Evin 209 solitary.
  • Human Rights’ lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Reza Sharifi Bokani who is serving a 3-year sentence in Rajai Shahr Prison has been moved to an unknown location.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Ali Akbar Javanfekr is back to Evin after medical leave.
  • Baha’i Mona Majidi arrested along with her 9 month old baby and transferred to Semnan prison to start serving 6 months sentence.
  • Pastor Yousef Naderkhani sent to Lakan prison in Rasht to serve the 45 days remaining of his 3 years sentence.
  • Pouya Tabianian, Baha’i begins serving his 6 year sentence in Semnan.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

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    President of Kurdistan Human Rights Organisation, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand released on 700 Million Tomans bail after 5 1/2 years in prison on 4 day furlough.

  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Moghayeseh has been released on a 4 day medical furlough.
  • Anvar Moslemi, Behzad Zabihei, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on 50 million Tomans bail each.
  • Prominent Iran activist Heshmat Tabarzadi granted furlough.
  • Ashkan Zamani, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been moved from 209 solitary to Ward 350. He ended his hunger strike on Dec 20.
  • 26-year-old Abbas Mahdi Kori, young prisoner who suffered extreme pain, died in central prison in Bandar-Abbas, his pleas ignored by guards.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh accompanied by security forces was to be allowed to attend the burial services of her mother but the service was cancelled.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Keyvan Ahmadi, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 4 years.
  • Aria Aramnezhad, singer, sentenced to 3 months by Appeal court.
  • Delavar Bodekan, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 6 months.
  • Faramarz Firouzian, Baha’i from Semnan, previously sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, sentenced by Appeals to 1 year.
  • Amin Roghani, student activist from Semnan, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Tahereh Rostampour sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Azizeh Shafieian, 68 years old, has been sentenced to 1 year imprisonment + 5 years suspended prison term + 5 years ban from foreign travel
  • Ali Shariati, blogger, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Naser Sodagari sentenced to 5 years in prison + 5 years in exile in Zahedan.
  • Pouyan Sodagari sentenced to 6 years in prison + 6 years in exile in Kerman.
  • Political prisoner Hani Yazerloo sentence of 1 year in prison and 15 year exile in Mashhad confirmed.
  • One man hanged in Sari on Christmas day.
  • 5 public executions in Yassoj on Thursday.
  • One Afghan national executed in Damghan on Thursday.
  • One execution in Semnan on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Top Iranian university [ Sanati Sharif Uni. in Tehran] among new sanction targets.
  • Shargh newspaper acquitted of insulting veterans of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War.


Protests

  • 300 workers of Fajr Petrochem of Mahshahr are on strike again.
  • Retired metal workers meet for a protest in Tehran.


Iran Economics

  • Largest private factory of Esfahan is in crisis: layoff of 1000 workers and overdue wages of 4000 workers.
  • Closure of Yasouj Flour factory displaced its 86 workers who were due to retire soon.
  • $1 = 3500 tomans.
  • 50% of employees at Parand Industrial Complex have been laid off.
  • Overnight looting in Tehran’s grand bazaar.
  • Exports to Iran from UAE dropped by nearly a third in the first half of 2012.
  • Iran regime exporting 20 tons of gold to Syria to save its currency, while Iran’s currency is failing


Politics in Iran

  • Iran ends fuel subsidies for passenger cars with 1,800cc engines.
  • Khamenei directly responsible for house arrest of opposition leaders, says Police Chief.
  • Dispute escalates between MP and head of the Expediency Council Rafsanjani.
  • Ahmadinejad ousted Health Minister Dastjerdi and replaced her with Mohammad Hassan Tarighat Monfared.
  • Family of Iran ex-president, Rafsanjani, sues lawmaker ally of Ahmadinejad over corruption allegations.


Iran  abroad

  • At 175 and just below China, Iran occupies 4th place from the bottom on Press Freedom Index 2011-2012.
  • Iran to finance $300m power supply project in Pakistan.
  • Iranian ophthalmologist wins medical prize in US.
  • Spanish satellite company Hispasat stopped airing Press TV and Hispan TV.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran claims to have staved off another Stuxnet-type attack on Bandar Abbas power plant.

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