News from Iran – Week 27 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Mohsen Aminzadeh transferred to hospital again.
  • Khosrow and Masoud Kordpour transferred to Mahabad prison.
  • Iraj Mohammadi is back to general ward after 5 days in solitary confinement.


  • Samira Razaghi, top ranking medical student, arrested in Shiraz one month before graduation


  • Saeed Abdi, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Babak Ghaneh, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Nima, Sina and Tohid Hasani, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Participation Front member Jamileh Karimi released after 10 weeks in prison in Shiraz.
  • Paria and Sevda Khalilzadeh, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Milad Koulani, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Saeed Lotfi, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Erfan Moghadam, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Member of the Freedom Front Mehdi Mohagheghi has been released on furlough.
  • Masoumeh Parivazh, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Faculty of Tehran University and member of the National Peace Council, Mohammad Sadegh Rabani has been released on furlough.
  • Sima Sakeni, arrested in Urmiah, freed.
  • Hossein and Zahra Zad-Ghasem, arrested in Urmiah, freed.

Other News

  • Economic analyst and journalist Saeed Laylaz was taken to Evin but freed after questioning despite sentence of 6 years.
  • Kurd, Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 23, sentenced to prison in exile on political charges has committed suicide in prison.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Babak Baghaei acquitted by an Appeals Court in East Azerbaijan.
  • Workers’ Rights Activist Vafa Ghaderi sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Workers’ Rights Activist, Ghaleb Hosseini, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Fatemeh Kheradmand sentenced to one year in prison.
  • Mir-Taher Mousavi’s sentence reduced by Appeals to 3 years + 2 years suspended.
  • One public hanging in Ahvaz on Saturday.
  • One hanging in Gachsaran on Saturday.
  • Two public hangings in Karaj on Sunday.
  • 2 hangings in Khorramabad.
  • Mortazavi and 2 other judges sentenced to permanent suspension from Judicial duty, 5 years suspension from any official duty and 200,000 Toman fine.
  • Prisoner dies suspiciously a day before his release in Bandar Abbas prison.
  • 21 hangings in Ghezel-Hesar prison on Tuesday.
  • 4 hangings in Rejaei Shahr on Wednesday.
  • 6 hangings in Bam on Friday.

University – Culture

  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invited acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi to join the Academy as a Director.
  • Print shops were ordered not to print newspapers reporting on the Kahrizak case verdicts.
  • Alireza Roshan, Gonabadi dervish, receives French poetry prize for resistance André Verdet


  • United Workers on strike in Khuzestan Steel Complex
  • 300 workers of Imam Khomeini International Airport staged a sit-in in protest to non-payment of wages and benefits.

Iran abroad

  • Iran detains Slovak hang-glider group.
  • Ahmadinejad and Rostam Ghasemi, oil minister, in Russia for Gas Exporting Countries Forum.
  • Iran’s top diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi meets Qatar’s new ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
  • Ahmadinejad meets Bolivian counterpart.
  • Al-Alam (state-run 24-hour Arabic news channel, targeting Arab audience, officially controlled by Khamenei’s bureau), Al-Kawthar , Press TV, HispanTV, iFilm” are among the Iranian TV channels whose transmission has been stopped on the European IntelSat, EutelSat 8, NileSat orbit and Galaxy 19.
  • Iran importing missile-grade ore from Germany, France.
  • Top Chinese shipping companies sever ties with Iran.
  • Georgia unilaterally cancels visa-free travel with Iran.

Iran Economics

  • Foreign investments in Iran increased by 17% in 2012.
  • $1 = 3415 toman
  • Price of medicine has increased on average 40% on domestic and 90% imported medicine.
  • Price of poultry rises 9% in one week. Tea and legume prices have jumped over 100% in one year.

Iran Politics

  • Government lodges complaint against two Majlis members following their comments on Ahmadinejad’s visit to the UN.
  • Iran refuses any visit of UN Human Rights rapporteur.


  • Princess Fawzia Fouad , the former empress of Iran has passed away in Egypt.
  • Impatient residents block train in Kerman Province.

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