Prison Visit for Beheshti-Shirazi After 70 Days

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Seyyed Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi, senior advisor of Mir Hossein Mousavi visited his family on Thursday March 11 after having spent 70 days in the solitary confinement.

Sadra Beheshti, Beheshti-Shirazi’s son described the visit to Kaleme’s reporter: “My formerly cheerful and happy-looking dad looked gray and old but more resistant at the same time.”

“My father was clearly persecuted and broken”, he said.

“He told me one sentence which I am always going to remember; he said if my imprisonment makes me feel closer to God, I accept this detention wholeheartedly”, Sadra Beheshti continued. Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi had also told his family that he felt better after their visit.

Possibilyty of Kian Tajbakhsh’s Imminent Release

15 March, 2010

RAHANA- Dr. Yahya Kian Tajbakhsh, prominent researcher and social sciences scholar will be released on bail either today (Friday) or tomorrow.

Jaras reported that “Tajbakhsh will be temporarily released on $500,000 bail.”

Dr Kian Tajbakhsh, a social scientist and professor of Columbia University, was arrested in July 2009 during post-election incidents. He was first sentenced to 15 year by the lower court; but the court of appeals reduced his sentence to 5 year imprisonment.

Several political, civil, student rights activists and journalist have been temporarily released during the recent days.

Qorveh Security Centers Pressuring Family of Kurdish Journalist

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Besides frequent visits to his mother’s house, security forces of the IRGC and Intelligence office of Qorveh have summoned other releatives of Aref Naderi, interrogated and threatened them. The security agents have demanded his relatives to hand him to the security institutions.

Aref Naderi is a civil rights activist of Kurdistan Province, Qorveh and Dehgolan townships. In 2003 and 2007 he was elected as the first representative of the second City Council Elections with %85 of the total votes.

Aref Naderi used to collaborate with weekly magazines of “Sirvan”, “Abidar”, “Ashti”, and “Payam-e Mardom”. He is also one of the co-founders of local NGOs and cultural associations. He has several judical files and cases at the first branch of Qorveh’s Revolutionary Court ruled by Judge Babaei and Qorveh’s Prosecutor Office ruled by Judge Karimi.

Security centers have threatened Aref Naderi’s family that a voluntary surrender would be the only option for his survival.

Three Mousavi’s Advisors had Prison Visits

15 March, 2010

RAHANA- These three individuals have been closest advisors to Mir Hossein Mousavi. They have been detained for 74 days and spent all this time in the solitary confinement. Ghorban Behzadian-Nejad was the head of Mousavi’s electoral headquarter. Prior to this prison visit, he had talked to his family on the phone but neither him nor his family had no information regarding the reason of his arrest or the probable charges.

According to Kaleme.com, Seyyed Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi was the editor-in-chief of “Kaleme Sabz” newspaper. He used to be the cabinet secretary when Mir Hossein Mousavi was the government’s prime minister in the 80’s. Beheshti-Shirazi was also a member of the Islamic Republic party. His family confirmed the prison visit on Thursday and said, “Beheshti-Shirazi had good spirits but he looked old and broken.”

Ali Akbar Arab-Mazar, a professor of Allameh Tabatabaei University did not not have any contact with his family in the past 25 days. Latest reports indicate he had not been interrogated either. All three individuals are currently detained in ward 240 of Evin prison and according to their families, they all have high spirits.

Mehdi Boutorabi Arrested

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Mehdi Boutorabi, former CEO and founder of Persian Blog and a member of the pro-Mousavi Reformists Headquarters in the tenth presidential elections, was arrested on Sunday afternoon on the eve of Norouz, Iranian new year.
Several other political, civil and human rights activists have also been arrested during the past days.

Navid Khanjani in Solitary Confinement

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Navid Khanjani, a student activist and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters has only had a few phone calls with his family and there is no news regarding the reason of his arrest or his charges.
According to the CHRR, previously there have been reports about lack of supervision and monitoring for the IRGC-controlled ward in Evin prison. During his phone calls, Khanjani has only stated he is detained in IRGC-controlled solitary cells and not in ward 209 of Evin prison. This has increased concerns for his condition.
Navid Khanjani, student activist and member of the CHRR was arrested on March 2, 2010 at night at his house in Isfahan, and was later transferred to Evin prison.
Currently four members of the CHRR are detained; namely Shiva Nazar Ahari, Kouhyar Goudarzi, Navid Khanjani and Saeed Jalalifar.

Baha’i Citizen Babak Mobasher Released

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Babak Mobasher, a Baha’i citizen was arrested on January 2, 2010 and was detained in Evin prison and then in Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj.

 He was allowed to visit his family two days ago for the first time after 67 days.
Nine other Baha’is were arrested at the same time on January 3, 2010. Babak Mobasher’s whife Leva Khanjani and his father-in-law Niki Khanjani were arrested by security forces on January 13 and February 10, respectively. Leva Khanjani was released on March 1 from Rajaei Shahr prison in Gohardasht, Karaj, but Niki Khanjani is still detained.

Amir Aboutalebi Held in Incommunicado

15 March, 2010

Rumours about Engr. Amir Aboutalebi’s status have raised in the past days while his family have no information about his condition.

RAHANA– A relative of Amir Aboutalebi said: “Although some confirmed reports indicate that Engr. Aboutalebi has been transferred from ward 240 to the public ward 209 of Evin prison, his family have no information and so are concerned about his status as he has not made any phone calls and has been deprived of prison visits for the past 45 days.”
According to Parleman News, Amir Aboutalebi is a close aid to Seyyed Alireza Beheshti and has been detained in Evin for 1.5 month while the reason of his arrest is unknown.

Mohammd Esmaeilzadeh Transferred to Public Ward of Evin Prison

15 March, 2010

Mohammad Esmaeilzadeh, a blogger from Mazandaran province has been transferred to the public ward of Babol prison. This blogger is spending his 91-day conviction term on charge of insulting the Leader

RAHANA– Judge Akbarzadeh, Babol’s deputy prosecutor in charge of most political and student cases of this city has strongly rejected Mohammad Esmaeizadeh’s request for a temporary prison leave. Esmaeilzadeh had requested to go on a prison leave to visit his wife in hospital during their child birth. He was able to obtain approval of the prison officials; however, the deputy prosecutor had strongly rejected this request.
According to Jaras, Mohammad Esmaeizadeh, owner of the Boutimar blog and student of Payam-e Nour University, was arrested during the post-election incidents and was confined by Babol’s IRGC Intelligence for one month. He is currently spending his 91-day imprisonment term in Babol’s prison. Moreover, Babol revolutionary court has sentenced this blogger to the suspended imprisonment and five years deprivation of study in all Iran’s universities.

Farid Taheri Had Prison Visit

15 March, 2010

RAHANA– Farid Taheri has been detained for nearly two months in Evin prison, and it has been reported that his interrogation sessions are over. Farid Taheri’s wife Sara Tavasoli who was previously detained in Evin as well was present in this family visit.
This couple have two children aged 3 and 16.
Amir Hossein Kazemi is another detained member of the Freedom Movement of Iran whom this family has not been able to visit in prison.

Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh Released

11 March, 2010

RAHANA– Mostafa Tajzadeh was released immediately after June elections and had been in prison ever since.

According to Parleman News, Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of the central councils of two reformist organizations, the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization and the Islamic Iran Participation Front, had a very crucial role in increasing the people’s attendance in the presidential election; however, he was arrested immediately after the elections and was accused of strange accusations.

According to several released detainees, Tajzadeh has been involved in very detailed discussions with his interrogators to correct their wrong impressions regarding the reformists’ activities. Previously he had promised to not defend himself in any court until his complaints from Ayatollah Jannati, head of the Guardian Council were heard. Therefore, he did not defend himself in two courts held to hear his charges after the elections and during his detention.

Mostafa Tajzadeh has been in very high spirits at the time of his release.

Saeed Haeri Released

11 March, 2010

RAHANA– CHRR member Saeed Haeri has been released on $100,000 bail after 80 days of detention. He was arrested on Dec 20, 2009 along with Shiva Nazarahari and Kouhyar Goudarzi.

According to the CHRR, Saeed Haeri is a student of philosophy in Azad University, Tehran north branch and editor-in-chief of the philosophy group in this campus. During the recent presidential elections, he was a member of the defending citizen’s rights committee in Mehdi Karroubi’s central electoral headquarters.

Saeed Haeri, political-civil activist was released from Evin prison on Wednesday March 10 at 22:10.

Bahareh Hedayat’s File not Registered in Revolutionary Court after 70 Days of Detention

10 March, 2010

RAHANA – According to Amin Ahmadian, even though interrogations for Daftare Tahkim Vahdat member Bahareh Hedayat have ended, her file is still not available at the Revolutionary Court and her lawyer has not been able to register the file either (Amin Ahmadian is Bahareh Hedayat’s husband).

 Ahmadian told a RAHANA reporter: “The situation for other Daftare Tahkim Vahdat members has been alleviated, and they have been granted visitation. Even though my wife’s interrogations have ended, her file remains vague and her family has not been allowed visitation.”

Bahareh Hedayat is a student activist who was arrested on December 31, 2009. Tehran prosecutor Jafar Dolatabadi has personally indicted Bahareh Hedayat on 16 charges.

Baha’i Citizen Shahram Mavaddat Released on Bail

10 March, 2010

RAHANA– Shahram Mavaddat was arrested on January 19, 2010 at his house after security agents had confiscated his books, personal computer and photos related to the Baha’i faith.

According to a RAHANA’s reporter, Shahram Mavaddat had attended a Baha’i session in Bahnamir (a village close to Babolsar) seven days before his arrest when 19 armed forces from Saari and Babolsat raided into the session. They caused severe fear among the attendees and forced them to fill out forms which required them to answer questions about their religion.

According to this report, nobody was arrested during that incidence; however, Shahram Mavaddat and Hoda Fallah, two attendees were arrested a week later. Moreover, Sepideh Khazei, another attendee of that solely religious session has been fired from her job. It seems her employer may have been threatened to fire her.

Dorsa Sohbani Transferred from Sari to Evin prison

10 March, 2010

In a phone call made on Monday night, Dorsa Sobhani said she has been transferred to Evin prison but did not talk about the prison ward she is detained in.

RAHANA– Dorsa Sobhani is an activist of the One Million Signatures Campaign and the right to education campaign. She has been deprived of studying in university because of her Baha’i belief.

According to the CHRR, the 20-year-old activist Dorsa Sobhani was arrested on Sunday March 7, 2010 by 12 security agents breaking in her residence in the city of Sari. Her parental house was also searched on midnight March 2 and her personal belongings were confiscated.

After the first attack to their house, Dorsa Sohbani’s family were under pressure to hand in their daughter to the Intelligence Ministry.

During widespread arrests of March 2, 2010, several civil and human rights activists were arrested in various cities in Iran. Navid Khanjani, Mahboubeh Karami, Behzad Mehrani, Abolfazl Abedini, Hessam Firouzi and Nasour Naghipour are among those arrested on March 2.

Kurdish Activist Senteced to One Year Prisonment

10 March, 2010

RAHANA– Ahmad Mahmoudi, a Kurdish activist, was arrested in winter 2009 and later released on bail for a while. The first branch of Saghez’ Revolutionary Court had recently sentenced him to one year imprisonment on charge of collobarating with anti-regime political parties; however, the verdict was decreased to six months imprisonment after his objection at the Court of Appeals.

Ahmad Mahmoudi was transferred to Saghez prison to start his sentence term in early February 2010.


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