Des Nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 35 – 2012

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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-   Transferts

Ø  Le journaliste Issa Saharkhiz transféré de l’hôpital au bloc 209 de la prison d’Evine, commence une grève de la faim pour protester.

B- Arrestations/Incarcérations

Akbar Amini ( qui avait grimpé en haut d’une grue pour manifester symboliquement le 14 février 2011 ) convoqué et arrêté.

Ø  Issa Faridi convoqué pour purger sa peine de prison.

Ø  La militante étudiante Nassim Soltanbeigui convoquée à Evine pour purger sa peine.

Ø  Amin Tchalaki directeur de la campagne présidentielle de Moussavi à Saveh, s’est rendu à Evine pour commencer à purger ses 4 ans de prison.

Ø  Hossein Yazdi arrêté a Ispahan pour avoir posté des informations ; il est libéré le lendemain.

Ø  Un groupe de musique clandestin arrêté à Téhéran.

 

C-Libérations

Ø  Ali Moslehi, membre de la campagne de Karroubi, a été libéré sous caution.

D-Autres Nouvelles

Ø  Mohammad Nazari en grève de la faim s’est cousu les lèvres ; il a été arrêté à l’âge de 22 ans et a passé 20 ans en prison.

Ø  Mohammad Tavakoli secrétaire du syndicat des enseignants de Kermanshah a été sévèrement battu.

Ø  Plus de 15.000 prisonniers incarcérés dans les prisons de la province du Khouzestan, surpeuplées et mal entretenues.

Ø  Certaines personnes arrêtées la semaine dernière alors qu’elles aidaient les victimes du tremblement de terre ont lancé une grève de la faim pour protester contre les arrestations :

o   Navid Khanjani

o   Vahed Kholousi

o   Milad Panahipour

o   Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

Ø  Meysam et Siamak Azadi, qui avaient manifesté contre l’assèchement du lac Oroumieh, condamnés à 100 jours de prison chacun avec sursis.

Ø  Le prisonnier politique Hassan Ashtiani a été condamné à 15 ans pour Moharebeh. Le juge a récusé son avocat et l’a remplacé par un avocat commis d’office. Son procès a duré 11 minutes Il a été condamné pour avoir vendu la maison de sa sœur et lui avoir envoyé l’argent. Le tribunal a prétendu qu’elle était membre de l’OMPI. Hassan Ashtiani a nié en disant qu’il ne savait pas que sa soeur était membre de l’OMPI.

 

L’université – la Culture

Ø  La semaine dernière, 1400 antennes satellites ont été confisquées à Bokan, 29.000 à Boushehr.

Ø  Les Iraniennes battent les Emiratis 4-0 aux Olympiades d’échecs d’Istanbul.

Ø  Le site Vert Kalameh sous cyber-attaque intense après avoir publié l’appel du peuple iranien au Secrétaire Général de l’Onu, signé par plus de 11.000 personnes en deux jours.

L’economie de l’Iran

Ø  Le Japon imports n’importe pas de brut iranien pour la premiere fois depuis 1981.

Ø  Mazandaran Textile, qui comptait 7000 ouvriers, n’en a plus que 700 qui attendent tous leurs salaires depuis 26 mois..

L’Iran à l’étranger

Ø  L’Iran retire son invitation au Hamas de participer au sommet des non-alignés.

Ø  10 personnes arrêtées pour espionnage au profit de l’Iran dans la province turque d’Igdir. Deux d’entre elles, Mohammed Reza Esmaılpour et Shahram Zargham sont accuses d’avoir transmis des informations sur l’opposition syrienne.

Ø  Ban Ki Moon nie avoir été contacté par les familles des scientifiques nucléaires iraniens assassinés pour lui demander un entretien.

Ø  Le président égyptien Morsi fait un discours très critique contre la répression en Syrie ; le premier ministre syrien quitte la salle pendant le discours, la radiotélévision iranienne censure les paroles de Morsi, remplaçant révolution par sédition. Morsi quitte la réunions juste après son discours, sans attendre celui d’Ahmadinejad.

L’Economie de l’Iran

Ø  Deux lignes de production de la plus grande compagnie pharmaceutique a l’arret a cause des sanctions qui ne lui permettent pas d’importer les matieres premieres.

La politique en Iran

Ø  L’Iran va déployer 850 unités de sécurité et 110.000 hommes pour assurer la « sécurité » durant le sommetdes non-alignés qui coutera au total USD 600 millions.

Ø  Les habitants du Nord de Téhéran souffrent de restriction de circulation à cause du sommet des non-alignés. La circulation est interdite dans plusieurs autoroutes et rues du nord de Teheran.

Ø  La police embarque 1.400 mendiants des rues de Téhéran avant de début du sommet.

Ø  Mehr News fait état de 1.600 enterrements organisés par le croissant rouge iranien suite au tremblement de terre.

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Will #Mali’s new government herald arms or armies?

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In less time than it takes for an apartment pineapple to ripen, a new government of national unity has been formed in Mali in the latest effort to restore stability after the military coup in March. It follows 5 long months of political tug-of-war between the ready-meal interim government and the frozen-dinner coup leadership headed by Captain Sanogo. The Captain was persuaded to release his grip a little, after his palms were oiled with a palatial home and “former head of state” status – including a generous allowance. The cabinet has 31 ministers, including five from Sanogo’s camp. The head of the interim government, Cheick Modibo Diarra, stays on as prime minister. For now.

Early-stage pre-coup pineapple during US training

During this incubation period, interim President Dioncounda Traore was attacked, and spent several weeks recovering in Paris. No doubt he spent more of that time in the briefing room of  Boulevard Mortier  than in recovery. Shortly after Dioncounda returned to Mali, one of the former President’s elite Red Beret guards, Staff Sergeant Amadou Traore, was murdered in his barracks. That signal seems to have been received loud and clear; no further attacks on the interim president have been reported yet.

Last month, the regional bloc ECOWAS threatened to expel Mali unless a unity government was installed, according to the BBC. Yesterday, there were news reports of ECOWAS and Algeria [ar] barring military shipments to Mali. Meanwhile, Major General Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi, Libya’s former Deputy Director of Military Intelligence and Chairman of the Republican Guard in Benghazi, reveals that, when there was a weapons amnesty and surrendering of arms in Libya last year, his unit alone boycotted the deal and instead their weapons passed to mercenaries from Egypt, for onward transfer to AQIM in Algeria and Mali. Doubly painful, as it was the ousted former president Touré, aka “ATT”, who said in February that they needed more military hardware to respond to the MNLA’s attacks, widely reported to be using massive fire-power brought back from Libya.

Weapons in 30 Days or Your Next Government Half Price

We need to wait to see if the formation of a new unity government defrosts the supply of arms, and whether they’ll be delivered by shipment or in person. Just last weekend, Al Jazeera Arabic reported a training exercise in Libya (irony alert) of 2,000 troops including 800 special forces from Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy, in preparation for an incursion into Malian territory. The training programme lasted from February to June. Here’s the video:

There are many competing theories about what is going on in Mali. One school of thought insists that the plan is, and always has been, to get the boots of foreign troops on the ground. However, just as with the reports of armed rebels severing someone’s hand as a punishment for stealing (and the victim later dying), and of their threat-or-promise to repeat the exercise with hundreds more after the Eid holiday, or even of the beheading* that UNHCR’s spokesperson Melissa Fleming claimed to have happened, there’s no way of knowing if the scenario portrayed in this video sheds light on the actual situation.

How can we figure Mali out? To butcher the old standard, “follow the ransom money” and we find food for thought. For example, fresh claims of Swiss support for the rebels appeared last week. This was denied by the MNLA as a rumour created by a Swiss journalist and promoted to a fact by a website in Mauritania, where the media has carved a niche for exclusive revelations about Mali.

I was anticipating more mention of Switzerland, after a Swiss woman was apparently taken hostage in Timbuctu by a private militia who planned to trade her to AQIM. The lady was reportedly “rescued” by Ansar Dine and released for an alleged 1 million Euro, in a deal where they demanded to liaise directly with the Swiss officials, rejecting the offer of a human rights NGO to mediate.  That event was soon followed by a spectacular betrayal of MNLA by Ansar Dine, who hijacked the uprising and forced the secular separatists into a retreat from which they have yet to emerge. Speculation about how the more radical supporters of religion achieved this feat includes the investment of ransom capital to buy supporters. There have been other kidnappings: three Westerners abducted nearly nine months ago by AQIM in Mali, seen today urging their governments to help free them in an Al-Jazeera television exclusive video, and the seven Algerian diplomatic staff taken from the embassy in Gao, three of whom were returned last month, shortly after the release of one Italian and two Spanish hostages. This last exchange was said to be accompanied by a few more million Euro and the release of two more prisoners – one assumed by some to be connected to the POLISARIO – who were being held in Mauritania for their part in the kidnapping of the three Europeans.

Within days Mauritania benefited from a capitulation by the EU (Note: the EU Africa team is led by a Spaniard) finally agreeing to their exorbitant new terms for renewing the fishing agreement, and an agreement from Spain to salvage the small aircraft “donated” to Mauritania in June last year to help in the fight against illegal immigrants, and which had remained, unairworthy and stranded on the tarmac, more or less the whole time.

This brings me to another stranded plane – the famous “Air Cocaine” Boeing jet from South America which landed/crashed just north of Gao in a village called Tarkint at the end of October 2009, and was reportedly torched by the smugglers after their cargo of drugs had been retrieved. The local mayor was known as an intermediary with AQIM for the release of kidnap victims.

The char grilled remains of “Air Cocaine” /JON SISTIAGA

“Air Cocaine” was registered in Saudi Arabia,  rented in Venezuela, and had made previous trips from Colombia  under a licence issued by Guinea Bissau, but which had expired at some point. The drug trafficking was said to be linked to AQIM, and this flight’s cargo could have been worth anything between 150 and 300 million Euro. Some of these details only became apparent much later, after WikiLeaks’ cables release, as the original investigation was handled by the intelligence services and shrouded in secrecy.  There were dozens of arrests, but few detentions or convictions in connection with this scandal. Then last week, we learned that the last two suspects, one French, one Spanish, had been released in Mali. The drug smuggling case against the Spaniard was thrown out.  This chap is a real charmer: a former Madrid policeman, until he was busted for trafficking, drugs, explosives, weapons, and counterfeit identity documents. He also had a suspended sentence in Mali connected to the gruesome murder [es] of a Colombian with a forged Ukrainian passport. He apparently plans to stay in Mali. One would hope he is short of alternatives but why leave Mali, when half the world is ready to come to you?

Additionally, a wealthy businessman from Tilemsi in the Gao region – Mohamed Ould Awaynat – who had been sentenced to one year in prison for his part in the trafficking scandal, was reportedly released in January this year, in an alleged deal with the Malian government. In exchange for his freedom, he is said to have paid to recruit and train northern fighters to boost the ranks of the army against the MNLA. They do say money makes the world go around. If you add massive cash flows from drug trafficking it begins to spin put of control. That is certainly what appears the be the case in Mali.

All these rebel groups in Mali seem like just so many finger puppets. But to which “invisible hand” do the fingers belong?

If you enjoy bizarre details – and you’ve got this far, so I should take that as given – then you might be further entertained by the fact that the article in the previous link, by Andy Morgan in Think Africa Press, was posted on FaceBook in a now lifeless MNLA group, requiring 14 comments to post in its entirety. The comment poster uses the name Ghazi Agizul and, although his bio says he’s a proud Amazigh from Tunisia, I found it odd that “Ghazi” used a translation tool to render the English original into French, which should be a natural language for him. That he didn’t post a link to Google Translate or use a Note instead of 14+ comments is not mysterious, only irritating. If it transpired that Andy Morgan and Ghazi Agizul were one and the same person, that would be interesting. It would also raise many general questions about the clandestine online and offline activities of certain people who present themselves publicly as working in the media, but that is a whole other story. Going back to the article itself, it’s too lengthy to analyse in depth but there are some factual errors, which always has the effect of eroding credibility. For example,  Mr Morgan claims to have spent years in northern Mali, yet placed Kati near Timbuktu. I wouldn’t blame him if the article was simply too long for him to cope with when it got to proof-reading.

Also in the WikiLeaked cable, we learn of another incident involving a plane:  US military making a “hard landing” 65 miles from Bamako, and receiving assistance. ATT was happy to help because “he knew the United States was coming to help Mali”. Sadly, nothing could be done to help the three US military and their three civilian companions who died in a vehicle accident in April this year. Will the US be coming to help again; will they feel they no longer need an invite?

Short of the IAEA declaring that there are nuclear weapons hidden in the barren wastelands of northern Mali, I wonder how many more UN agencies or NGOs can enter the fray, wringing their collective hands over the many unverified domestic dramas that they claim are engulfing this most coveted of would-be war zones, declaring every incident a war crime, and clamouring at the gates to be allowed in to rescue Mali from itself and the horrors of Sharia law’s unjust desserts.

As ATT noted in February, with a prescience we have yet to fully to appreciate: “There are many rumors. If we are not careful, we’ll fall into the hands of those who are attacking Mali and who want to oppose the government.”

*I assume Ms Fleming meant to say “stoning” – but there is no solid evidence of that having happened, either. If she did witness a beheading, I’d have liked her to verify in reply to my question, especially since her bio includes the phrase “Tweets highlight the stories of human suffering and resilience I witness every day.” [my emphasis].

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News from Iran – Week 31 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

 

  • Mostafa Daneshjoo, lawyer of Gonabadi dervishes, transferred to Modarres hospital.
  • Amir Eslami, Gonabadi dervish, transferred to Taleghani hospital.
  • Abolfazl Ghadiani transferred to hospital after beating in prison.
  • Afshin Karampour, lawyer of Gonabadi dervishes, transferred to Milad hospital for treatment of his broken leg.
  • Esmaeel Sahabeh transferred to hospital and then back to prison without medical examination.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Abdollah Abbassi, religious activist, arrested in Kurdistan.
  • Fariba Ashtari, Fariborz Baghi, Shahram Falah, Nategh Naeemi, Iman Rostami, Baha’is arrested in Yazd.
  • Khosro Dehghani, Naghmeh Farabi, Vida Parvini, Baha’is arrested in Vila Shahr.
  • Tahereh Rezaei, Baha’i arrested in Shahin Shahr.
  • Navid Haghighi Baha’i arrested in Arak.
  • Saba Golshan, Sasan Haghiri, Shahram Eshraghi, Azar Pourkhorsand, Baha’is arrested in Isfahan.
  • Journalist and National-Religious activist Mehdi Fakhrzadeh arrested in a raid of his home and transferred to Ward 209.
  • Farhad and Farid Akbari-Fazli sent to Behbahan to serve their sentences of 9 and 7 months.
  • Afshin Ossanlou arrested again.
  • Ahmad Shojaei (Farshid), former Ministry of Intelligence employee, arrested with his son Sajjad Shojaei.

 

C-Liberations

 

Bahareh Hedayat

 

  • Naseem Ashrafi, Baha’i from Tehran released on 100 toman bail.
  • Participation Front member Mehdi Eghbal released from prison after serving 33 month sentence.
  • Journalist Mehran Faraji released after serving his 6 month sentence.
  • Political activist Mohammad Reza Hadi released from Tabriz prison after serving 2 years sentence.
  • Bahareh Hedayat released on furlough.
  • Shamis Mohajer, Baha’i from Tehran released on bail.
  • Narges Mohammadi released on 600 million Toman bail.
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian released on furlough.
  • Zhinous Rahimi, Baha’i from Tehran released on bail.
  • Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi released on furlough.
  • Baha’i online university faculty Ramin Zibaei released on a 3 day furlough.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Political prisoner Abolfazl Ghadiani has launched a hunger strike protesting inhumane treatment in Evin.
  • Books and note-pads of Ahvazi political prisoners in Ahvaz Karoon prison confiscated.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Shamzin Ahmadnezhad, Kurdish student, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Shahoo Partavi, Kurdish student, sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Shir-Ahmad Shirani political prisoner held in Zahedan last 3 years has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in Ardebil.
  • Verdicts issued for the bank embezzlement case:  4 received death, 2 received life in prison and the rest from 10 to 25 years.


University – Culture

  • By government order, universities are now prohibited from inviting members of the Participation Front as lecturers.
  • Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed wins prestigious physics prize.
  • Martyr Beheshti Foundation website filtered.
  • Iranian actress Leila Hatami honoured with French Ordre des Arts et Lettres – TehranTimes.


Protests

  • Protest rally in front of parliament.


Economy in Iran

  • Gold and foreign currency on the rise again in Iran: USD at 1974 Tomans Monday, 2020 Tomans on Thursday, 2106 Tomans on Friday.
  • Sparrow kebab sold in Ahvwaz.
  • 7 people arrested for stealing dry bread (crackers) from overturned trailer.
  • Shortage of wheat for bakeries expected.
  • Iran has increased import duty on some products from 45% to 90%, hurting rice exports from India and Pakistan.


Iran abroad

  • Syria has expanded chemical weapons supply with Iran’s help, documents show.
  • 2 Iranian sailors released from detention in Qatar return to Iran.
  • Syrian FM comes to Iran for unscheduled visit, meets with leaders.
  • Indian Police: people responsible for February bombing are directly linked to IRGC.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on an official visit to China.
  • Armed men in Benghazi, Libya kidnapped 7 Red Crescent Society workers from Iran.
  • Egypt’s Morsi has decided not to attend Tehran NAM conference.


Politics in Iran

  • Release of Green Movement leaders precondition for 2013 elections, says Khatami.
  • Court cancels appointment of Kahrizak judge Saeed Mortazavi as head of Social Security.
  • Senior IRGC commander admits growing economic instability, fears renewal of mass protests.
  • Court case filed against Javad Larijani for usurping land in Javad Abad in Tehran province.
  • Saeed Mortazavi attends official cabinet meeting despite dissolution of his appointment.
  • Iranian forces in Ramadan crackdown on Arab villages (arresting 15 for becoming Sunni).
  • Administration, Parliament clash again over Mortazavi.


Miscellaneous

  • Police seize over 2 tons of opium in Southern Iran.
  • Rosa Gharachorloo professor of law, member of the Bar Association Commission on Human Rights, has died.
  • 3 dead, 15 injured in fire at Iran’s biggest petrochemical complex – 9 in critical condition.
  • Bronze medal for Iran weightlifter Kianoush Ramezani.

 

News from Iran – Week 29 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Imprisoned journalist Reza Ansari Rad suffered nervous attack and convulsions, moved to infirmary.
  • Ahmad Ghabel transferred to Milad hospital in Tehran.
  • Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand was taken to hospital outside the prison in critical condition.
  • Baha’i Afif Na`imi transferred to hospital.
  • Afshin Yavari transferred from Rajaei Shahr prison to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Furlough extension was denied for Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, he is back in Evin.
  • Hamid Eslami, Baha’i from Shiraz arrested and sent to Intel (pelak100).
  • Masoom Fardis back to Evin 350 at the end of his furlough.
  • Faran Hesami begins serving her 4 years sentence.
  • Amir Maghami-Far, Baha’i, was arrested last week in Tehran.
  • Sarah Mahboubi, Baha’I, begins serving her 10 months sentence in Sari prison.
  • Amir Mazidi, Baha’i, was arrested last week in Tehran.
  • Mohsen Mohagheghi back to Evin 350 at the end of his furlough.
  • Navid Nezhat, student activist, begins serving his one year sentence in Evin.
  • Rahman Vafaei, Baha’i from Shiraz arrested and sent to Intel (pelak100).

C-Liberations

  • Meiad Afshar, Baha’i expelled student, released on 60 million toman bail.
  • Nourollah Ghebeitizadeh, Christian, freed after 16 months in prison.

D-Other News

  • Ashraf Alikhani launches hunger strike to protest transfer of cellmates to Gharchak prison.
  • After 80 days, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi incarcerated in Evin and husband Masoud Bastani in Rejaei Shahr were allowed to visit.
  • Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand begins a dry hunger strike.
  • Mehdi Karroubi met with the family, four days after the death of his sister
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s furlough has been extended until August 1st.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mansoureh Behkish, member of Mourning Mothers of Laleh Park sentenced by Appeals to 6 months in prison + 3.5 years suspended for 5 years.
  • Political prisoner Asghar Mahmoudian sentenced to 6 years to be served in Semnan prison.
  • Foad Moghaddam, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Labour activist sentenced to 3 more years in prison in Sanandaj: Pedram Nasrollahi.
  • 3 hangings in Kerman prison on Monday.
  • 3 hangings in Ghazvine on Tuesday.
  • 1 hanging in Zahedan on Thursday.
  • 1 public hanging in Shiraz on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Peyman Aref banned from studying, once again.
  • Student activist Ali Ajami expelled from university.
  • Iran celebrates registration of Kashan carpet weaving and Fin Garden on UNESCO lists.

Protests

  • More than 300 workers at Makin Darya Company, a company tied with Khatam ol Anbiya, Revolutionary Guards construction wing, in Bandar Abbas went on strike on July 7. The workers have been protesting 4 months delay in receiving their wages.
  • A group of contracting textile workers at Iran Barak in the city of Rasht went on a short work stoppage on July 7 and sent a letter to the management of the factory.
  • Pensioners Association board members in Shushtar announce a protest [ income not in step with inflation]

Economy in Iran

  • A labor activist in Boroujerd announced thousands of municipal workers have not been paid for 2 months.
  • India’s top buyer of Iran oil turns to Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.
  • Renault refuses to leave Iran.
  • HSBC accused to have worked secretly with Iran.

Iranabroad

  • Jomhouri Islami critical of new Egyptian President.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran has contacts with Syrian opposition.
  • Iran delegation in North Korea for talks.
  • Yemen uncovers Iran spy network run by former IRGC commander, in operation for 7 years.
  • Iran condemns blast in Damascus, warns against foreign interference in resolving Syrian conflict; Salami tells IRGC officers not to fear U.S. power.
  • Iran denies Israeli claims on Bulgaria attack and condemns the attack.

Politics in Iran

  • Afghanrefugees barred from two provinces of Mazandaran and Hormozgan.
  • Tehran’s mayor Qalibaf runs for presidential elections in 2013.
  • 2000 chicken vendors fined total of $750,000 for high chicken prices.
  • Intelligence headquarters in Khuzestan warn Muslim families to avoid all contact with Baha’i families.
  • Majlis Speaker meets with “sources of emulation” in Qom.
  • Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has declined Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf’s numerous requests for a meeting.
  • Deputy Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barham Salih, met with Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. He is also due to meet with other senior officials, Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili. This is Salih’s third visit to Tehran.

Miscellaneous

  • Ahwaz is in the midst of a water crisis and its worst drought in decades.
  • Tehran police arrest 130 offenders and expose them on a podium; 30 added later.
  • Intensified appropriation of satellite dishes in Urmia by police.
  • Police has appropriated 540 satellite dishes in Ardebil in the last 3 months.
  • Large factory in Ahvaz changes working hours to 11pm to 7 am during the month of Ramadan.
  • Some people have attacked Islamic Police in eastern Tehran.

News from Iran – Week 28 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners


A- Transfers

Bahman Ahmadi Amouie

Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouee has been transferred from solitary to political prisoner’s ward in Rejaei Shahr prison.
Kobra Banazadeh-Amirkhizi transferred to Gharchak prison in Varamin.
Imprisoned Human Rights activist Narges Mohammadi was hospitalized in Vali Asr hospital in Zanjan, in dire health, banned from visit.
Sedigheh Moradi transferred to Gharchak prison in Varamin.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Meiad and Misagh Afshar, Baha’i students arrested.
Naseem Ashrafi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against his home.
Ali Basharat, chemistry teacher, arrested in Sarab.
Vahid-Habib Chesmeh, Azeri civic activist, arrested and sent to Intel in Tabriz.
Shahab Dehghani, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against his home.
Political activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh has been summoned to start serving her 4 months prison sentence.
Sarhang Etehadi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against his home.
Elham Faramani, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against her home.
Masoud Hosseinzadeh, Azeri civic activist, arrested and sent to Intel in Tabriz.
Sahand Mahali arrested in Sarab.
Former student activist Hashem Mirzadeh has been arrested in Tabriz, family under pressure not to publicize info.
Adel Naeemi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against his home.
Nasour Naghipour jounalist and Human Rights activist, begins serving his 7 year sentence in Evin 350.
Zhinoos Rahimi, Baha’i, arrested during a raid against her home.
Ali Samadpour arrested in Sarab.
Mohammad Soleimani-Nia arrested after summons to Evin.
Khashiar and Shayan Tafazoli, Baha’is, arrested during a raid against their home.

C-Liberations

Hamid Arayesh, dervish Gonabadi, released on bail.
Advar member (Alumni Society) Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi has been released on furlough.
Christian convert Ehsan Behrooz has been released after 8 months detention (105 days in solitary) in Mashhad.
Kazem Dehghan, Gonabadi dervish, released on bail.
Former Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Maasom Fardis has been released on furlough.
Cleric blogger Arash Honarvar has been released on medical furlough.
Alameh University student activist Saeed Jafari has been released on bail.
Karaj Azad University student/blogger Vahid Jafari has been released on bail.
Political prisoner Mohammad Ali Velayati has been released on bail on furlough.

D-Other News

Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi has launched a hunger strike protesting his incarceration in 209 solitary.
With the Judiciary officials promising to meet Arash Honarvar’s demands, he has ended his hunger strike
Reports suggest Iran opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi wasn’t allowed to take part in his sister’s funeral who died last week.
Reza Sharifi Bokani denied visitation rights with his family.
Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan and their daughter Mehraveh, 12, have been banned from leaving Iran.

News of injustice in Iran
Esmail Abayat, Ahvazi activist sentenced to 5 years.
Jaber and Mokhtar Al-Booshakeh, Ahvazi activists sentenced to death.
Mohammad-Ali Ammori, Ahvazi activist sentenced to death.
Abdul Rahman Asakereh, Ahvazi activist sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Poet Mostafa Badkoobei sentenced to 3 years in prison, 5 years ban from public appearance and fine.
Court of Appeals has upheld the 75 lashes, 6 months suspended sentence, and fines for Pan-Iranist member Omid Dehdarzadeh.
Mostafa Moin former Minister of Science, Research and Technology sentence to a year in prison converted to a fine.
MP Motahari has been indicted on charges of insulting Ahmadinejad’s administration in a speech he gave in Parliament.
Hadi Rashedi, Ahvazi activist sentenced to death.
Gonabadi Dervishes member Alireza Roshan has been sentenced to 1 year in prison + 4 years suspended sentence.
Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyyed Javadi, 95 years old, Minister of Justice in Bazargan government, banned from leaving Iran.
Hashem Sha’bani, Ahvazi activist sentenced to death.
One execution in Baft on Sunday.
2 public hangings in Zahedan on Tuesday.
One man hanged in Sanandaj prison on Tuesday.
2 men hanged in Yasooj prison on Thursday.
A woman was hanged in Shiraz on Thursday.
3 hangings in Ghazvin on Thursday.

University – Culture
Student Seyyed Ahmad Hosseini denied graduation, suspended, expelled from the Urmia University.
Leila Hatami: Best Actress Award at the 7th international film festival in Karlovy Vary.
MP Tavakoli’s site Alef news has been filtered.
Manager of a cinema and film website  arrested in Ardebil.
Female students expelled from Tehran University due to failure to comply with Islamic dress code.
Father of Persian theater, Hamid Samandarian, passed away at 81 of liver cancer.
Ali Ghamsari’s concert permit revoked due to presence of female member in the band.

Protests
Workers in chicken slaughterhouse of Kermanshah on strike.
700 workers of Sepahan Cement on strike to protest inequality and working conditions in general.
Oil workers clash with the company representatives in Assaluyeh about delayed wages.
Dozens of workers in the Perlite Adia steel factory were fired after protesting the non-payment of their wages.
Shiraz Telecom workers on strike for a week.

Economy in Iran
Spokesman for Majlis Budget and Planning Commission: Iran’s inflation rate is over 33.5%.
85% of workers in Iran under poverty line.
Cost of living doubles in five years.
Iran imported 60 tons of gold from Turkey in exchange for oil and gas sales during 1st 5 months of 2012.

Iran abroad
Iran condemned by USA to pay $183 million to victims of bombing in Lebanon in 1983.
Abbas to visit Iran for international conference.
Iran elected to UN Arms Trade Treaty post.
Kofi Annan in Tehran seeks Iran’s help in solving Syria crisis.
FM confers in Tokyo with German, Japanese counterparts on Afghanistan.
Iran FM meets top officials in surprise UAE visit.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives Kyrgyz finance minister.
US Treasury slaps sanctions on 11 more entities connected to IRGC.
100 Iranians to be freed from Iraqi prisons.

Politics in Iran
Iran will create hard work camps for drug traffickers.
Iran plans to sell oil via private group to evade ban.
Guardian Council rules that presidential office body to supervise constitution is illegal.
Former IRGC Commander Ghasemi: Corruption has overtaken military centers in Iran.
Former Minister of Interior Nouri asks for Referendum about nuclear Program.
Conservative news websites have issued a joint statement calling on the judiciary to unblock Alef website.

Miscellaneous
53 coffee shops have been ordered closed in Tehran due to non-compliance with Islamic rules.
Women who violate dress code to face ten days to two months imprisonment or fine.
A Kurdish teenager was killed on the border by security forces.