News from Iran – Week 37 – 2013


Prisoner News


  • Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, Masoud Bastani, Ghorban-Ali Behzadiannejad, and Bahareh Hedayat back to Evin; Mehdi Mahmoudian and Ahmad Zeidabadi back to Rejaei Shahr, at the end of furlough.


  • Reza and Taher Akvanian released on 100 million toman bail.
  • Davar Hosseini-Vojdan and human rights activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari released on furlough.

Other News

  • Guards raided Ebrat ward overnight and beat imprisoned Dervishes.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ramin Rezaei, Azeri activist, sentenced to 91 days in prison.
  • 3 hangings in Rasht on Sunday.
  • 2 hangings in Shahrud on Tuesday.
  • 6 executions in Urmiah prison on Wednesday.
  • 3 public hangings in Dehdasht; 1 public execution in Darab; 1 execution in Rejaei Shahr on Thursday.
  • 1 hanging in Ahvaz prison; 1 hanging in Gachsaran, and 2 executions in Dizelabad prison of Kermanshah.

University – Culture

  • House of Cinema, closed by Ahmadinejad, reopens.


  • 5 workers arrested at a protest at Almahdi Aluminium in Bandar Abbas demanding wage rise.

Iran abroad

  • Iran releases Indian oil tanker detained in August.
  • Deadly clash erupts at Iranian consulate in Afghanistan.
  • Iranian FM Meets Iraq’s Acting President.
  • Rouhani meets with Masahiko Kōmura, special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister.
  • Iraq tells People’s Mujahedin to leave Camp Ashraf.
  • Iran 1st VP Eshagh Jahangiri, Syrian PM Wael Nader al-Halghi confer by phone; Iran backs proposal for monitoring of Syrian chemical weapons.
  • Drunk driving Saudi diplomat barred from leaving Iran.
  • French FM: I will meet Iran FM in New York. in case of agreement, sanctions can be removed.

Iran Economics

  • Inflation rate hits 39%, up over 5% in one month.
  • Full closure of 100 tea factories in the North of the country.
  • Businessman close to Ahmadinejad owes Iran $2 billion.

Iran Politics

  • Ghalibaf reelected as Tehran mayor for the 3rd time.
  • Iran’s cabinet has appointed Seyyed Hossein Hashemi and Rabi’ Fallah governor-generals of Tehran and Mazandaran.
  • Former defense minister Shamkhani replaces Saeed Jalili. Ex-nuclear negotiator Jalili appointed to Supreme National Security Council.
  • President Rouhani appoints Masoumeh Ebtekar as Vice President and Head of Environmental Protection Organization.
  • Minister of Oil Bizhan Zanganeh has appointed Roknoddin Javadi as deputy minister and the new managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company.


  • Dam-building forbidden in area of endangered Lake Oroumiyeh.
  • Yahoo blocked Iran, while Google and Apple removed some restrictions.
  • 63 people killed in collision of 2 buses near Qom.

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