News from Iran – Week 17 – 2013


Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

  • Abdolghafour Ghalandari Nejad was transferred to Bandar Abbas central prison.



  • Peyman Aref has been arrested and released after three days.
  • Amir Chamani returned to Tabriz prison at the end of furlough.
  • Mohammad Davari returned to section 350 of Evin prison at the end of his furlough.
  • Afrasiab Faraji-Fard arrested in Ahvaz.
  • Faramarz Firouzian begins serving his one year sentence in Semnan.
  • Freedom Movement of Iran member Jafar Ganji is back in prison after furlough extension was denied.
  • Abdolghafour Ghalandarinejad, dervish Gonabadi, arrested in Bandar Abbas.
  • Mehdi Khodaei returned to the section 350 of the Evin prison at the end of his furlough.
  • Political prisoner Mohammad Hossein Naeemipour is back in Evin after furlough extension was denied.



  • Peyman Chalaki released on furlough with a 400 million bail deposit.
  • Ardeshir Fanaian, Baha’i from Semnan, released on 50 million toman bail.
  • A Baha’i from Semnan, Faramarz Firouzian, released on 50 million toman bail


D-Other News

  • Political prisoner Raheleh Zokaei is on hunger strike in Gharchak prison in Varamin.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Court hearing held for Kurdish activists Shirzad et Sirwan Hossein-Panahi in Sanandaj.
  • Political prisoner, Ahmad Karimi, sentenced to 1 extra year in prison.
  • Journalist Mohammad-Reza Nesab-Abdollahi sentenced to 6 months in prison.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes member Kasra Nouri has been sentenced to 4 years and 4 months by the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz.
  • Hojatoleslam Hamid Rasaei, managing editor of 9 Dey weekly, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year ban on journalism.
  • 4 executions in Kerman prison.
  • 2 executions in Karaj.
  • 2 Afghan nationals executed in Mashhad.
  • 2 women and 2 men executed in Dizel-Abad prison of Kermanshah.
  • Five prisoners including two Afghan nationals hanged in Zahedan.
  • 3 people hanged in Bam on Wednesday.
  • 3 hangings in Urmia prison on Wednesday.


University – Culture

  • Mehdi Bigdeli expelled from University after being marked as a “starred student” – the regime’s secret code for student repression.
  • 60% of Iran’s population are Internet users.
  • Bahai student Navid Keyhanirad expelled from Shiraz Technical University.
  • Arts and HumanRights in Iran an exhibition of Mir-Hossein Mousavi paintings at Akademie der Künste –Berlin
  • Clerics Special Court has banned the 9 Dey weekly.
  • Mellat-e Ma (our nation), belonging to Mohsen Rezaei, the Secretary of the Expediency Council and presidential election candidate closed due to financial problems.
  • In Zanjan over the past year, 16,800 satellite dishes have been seized.



  • Gonabadi Dervishes gather in front of Bandar Abbas’s Intelligence Office.
  • Sugar- and sugar-refining factory workers protest Ahmadinejad’s visit to Khuzestan.
  • Yazd railway workers gathered in front of the Governor.
  • Sit-in protest at the entrance of the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province governor’s office.
  • Ahwazi sets himself alight at the entrance to the governor’s office building in jobs protest.
  • Safa Rolling & Profile Mills workers’ strike.


Iran abroad

  • Nasrallah holding secret negotiations with Iranian authorities.
  • Russian fleet docks in Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
  • Iranian agent with Canadian passport arrested in Bulgaria.
  • UK government blocks Shell paying Iran oil debt in food and medicine.
  • Two men arrested in Al Qaeda US-Canada train plot – allegedly directed from Iran.
  • Majlis Speaker meets with Iraqi Justice Minister.
  • A delegation of European Parliament will visit Iran.


Iran Economics

  • Meat prices up by 60% since Norooz in Tehran.
  • Energy prices to increase by 38%.
  • All flights of Iranian airline SAHA have been stopped due to its outdated aircraft.


Iran Politics

  • FIFA continues to warn Iran about executions on football fields.
  • 3 Iranian MPs to face trial in huge bank fraud case.



  • Iranian woman Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani named world inventor 2013.
  • Ayatollah Gholam Reza Rezvani, a member of the Guardian Council died.
  • 5 cases of death recorded due to imported Penicillin from China.



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