News from Iran – Week 42 – 2013

Arash Sadeghi
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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Shahram Ahmadi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Arak prison.
  • Taleb Maleki, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Qom prison.
  • Behrouz Shah-Nazari, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Seman prison.
  • Arash Sharifi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Kashan prison.
  • Kaveh Sharifi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Yazd prison.
  • Seyyed Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred to Tehran Heart Hospital.

Arrests-Detentions

  • Afshin Bolbolan, Baha’i from Abadeh, arrested.
  • Akbar Mohajeri, Azeri environmentalist, arrested and sent to Tabriz prison to serve his sentence.
  • Behzad Nabavi is back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • 63 people have been arrested in Kerman charged with conspiracy and plotting against the Islamic Republic.
  • 2 students arrested during Rouhani’s speech at Tehran University.

Liberations

  • Bahador Alizadeh freed from Evin.
  • Poet Mostafa Badkoobei freed from Evin.
  • Mohammad Eshagh-Abadi freed from Evin.
  • Mohammad-Vali Gholamnejad freed from Evin.
  • Civic activist Mehdi Hamidi Shafigh released from Tabriz prison.
  • Isa Khan-Hatami freed from Evin.
  • Behzad Nabavi released on furlough.
  • Ali Nemati freed from Evin.
  • Alireza Roshan, Gonabadi dervish, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Vahid Rouh-Bakhsh freed from Evin.
  • Farzad Rouhi freed from Evin.
  • Arash Sadeghi released on 500 million toman bail.
  • Arash Saghar released on furlough.
  • Peyman Samadi freed from Evin.
  • Fatemeh Ziaei-Azad freed at the end of her sentence.
  • Hamid Zoodi freed from Mahabad prison 3 months before the end of his sentence.

Other News

  • Women’s rights activist Mahdieh Farahani summoned to court in Evin, arraigned and released on bail until court date.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ezatollah Ahmadian acquitted by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Negin Ahmadian upheld by Appeals.
  • In a retrial of his case by the Appeals Court political prisoner Emad Bahavar’s sentence reduced from 10 years to 7 years.
  • Reformist activist Behnam Chegini sentenced to 9 years in prison.
  • Six months sentence prison upheld for civic activist Hassan Damirchi.
  • Currently on furlough, Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan’s sentenced reduced from 19 1/2 to 17years.
  • Baha’i Ardeshir Fanaian sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Baha’i Golrokh Firouzian sentenced to 9 months in prison.
  • Baha’i Shidrokh Firouzian sentenced to 9 months in prison.
  • 6 months sentence of Behnaz Hadadzadeh upheld by Appeals.
  • Fataneh Hajipour acquitted by Appeals.
  • Ali-Akbar Jafar-Dehbashi, editor in chief of Bokhara magazine, sentenced to 11 months + monetary fine.
  • Shahrzad Khalili acquitted by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Negar Malekzadeh upheld by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Hourieh Mohseni upheld by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Arman Mokhtari upheld by Appeals.
  • Navid Nabili acquitted by Appeals.
  • Mehran Rahbari, Gonabadi dervish, acquitted by Appeals.
  • Shayan Tafazoli acquitted by Appeals.
  • Naghmeh Zabiheyan acquitted by Appeals.
  • Three hangings in Marivan.
  • 5 hangings in Sanandaj prison.
  • One hanging in Esfahan prison.
  • One hanging in Ilam.

University – Culture

  • Mohammad Rasoulof wins Nurnberg International Human Rights Film Festival prize for a lifetime achievement; he can’t attend the ceremony being banned from leaving Iran.
  • Ahwaz News Agency unblocked after 15 months.

Protests

  • Sunni prisoners’ families gathered in front of Sanandaj intelligence office.
  • Protest against air pollution in Arak.

Iran abroad

  • Iran says it arrested three Israeli spies.
  • Deputy FM gives interview to Israeli radio.

Iran Economics

  • Iran Khodro to dispatch 10,000 cars to Russia a year.
  • Iran’s Mammoth Energy Group Corp (MMTE) and Italy’s Tenova Steel have signed a $100m contract for the construction of a steel plant in Kerman province.

Iran Politics

  • The Iranian cabinet appointed Abdolhossein Moghtadaei, Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi and Vajihollah Khedmatgozar as governor-generals of Khuzestan, Fars and South Khorasan provinces respectively.

Miscellaneous

  • In clashes between PJAK and Pasdaran Army, 5 Iranian Pasdaran killed.

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