Monthly Archives: February 2012

Human Rights Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR)- Kouhyar Goudarzi, human rights activist and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reports was sentenced to 6 years in prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi. Ghoudarzi was charged with “propaganda against the regime” and “assembly and collusion against the regime”.

Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested a second time on July 31st, 2011. Following his arrest he was kept in solitary confinement for 60 days. His whereabouts were unknown for three months after his arrest. His family believes that he continues to be held in Evin’s security ward 209 [a ward under the supervision of the Ministry of Intelligence] and security authorities continue to prohibit his transfer to the general ward at Evin.

It is worth mentioning that Goudarzi is being kept at Evin’s security ward 209 despite the fact that his interrogation process has been completed and as stipulated under the law, he should be transferred to Evin’s general ward 350. Goudarzi has now spent 7 months at the security ward 209.

Parvin Mokhtareh, Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother arrested in the city of Kerman one day after her son’s arrest was also sentenced to 23 months in prison. Her sentence was later reduced to a suspended imprisonment by the appeals court. However, as a result of another case against Mokhtareh at the 104th branch of Kerman’s General Court, the Judge presiding over her case has refused to release her from prison.

Human Rights Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Kouhyar Goudarzi

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki interrogated at Evin prison’s court

Human Rights House of Iran – Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist was transferred from ward 350 to the interrogations court at Evin prison due to his writing a letter from prison and obtaining signatures.

Ronaghi recently wrote a letter from prison criticizing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Human Rights House of Iran reports that this is the second time this month that Ronaghi Maleki has been transferred to the prosecutor’s office in this prison. He has been put under great pressure and subjected to severe duress along with threats that his court dossier could be opened again.

Recently Hossein and 2 other prisoners, Sima Nourani and Mehdi Khodai who are now being kept in Evin’s public ward 350 were subjected to further interrogations at Evin prison’s court.

Also in the past month interrogating officers from the Ministry of Intelligence put intense pressure on Hossein Ronaghi Maleki to make false televised confessions and recite what they wanted him to say.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who has never been allowed his legal right to furlough since his incarceration on December 13, 2009, has been told his temporary release is contingent on his willingness to make a false confession.

Interrogating agents stated that the reason Hossein was handed down the heavy 15-year prison sentence was his lack of cooperation with them in the aftermath of his detainment.

Judge Pir-Abassi residing over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Hossein Ronaghi Maleki to 15 years behind bars. This sentence was later upheld at the appellate court.

Last week even though the Tehran Prosecutor ordered medical furlough for this imprisoned blogger, Judge Pir-Abassi and the head of his office opposed this order and blocked the action.

Hossein Ronaghi’s health has been dangerously declining due to his kidney disease and doctors have consistently stated that it is imperative that he is temporarily released for medical care and recovery. Hossein has been transferred to the hospital four times during his prison term and suffers from intense pain stemming from his deteriorating kidney ailment.

Human Rights House of Iran

Hossein Ronaghi

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Blogger and political activist Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered a heart attack on February 17 and was transferred to the infirmary at Karaj Central prison.

According to news provided to CHRR, three physicians at the prison facility by the names of Amjadi, Nejadbahram and Gholizadeh made requests for this political prisoner to be transferred to a medical facility outside the prison. They revealed that the prisoner has blocked arteries, which could result in cardiac arrest and his sudden death.

The head of Karaj Central prison has sent a correspondence regarding this matter to the prosecutor’s office and the prison judge but so far there has been no response. CHRR has previously released internal documents from Karaj Central prison revealing that the judiciary has undermined efforts for Pourshajari’s medical leave from the facility.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, political prisoner and blogger who wrote under the pen name Siamak Mehr is behind bars in Ward 7 of Karaj Central prison and has been taken to court 11 times. He endured 7 months in solitary confinement during his “temporary detention” and was subjected to brutal psychological and physical torture. He was beaten with electric rods, and tortured with mock executions prompting him to attempt suicide by cutting his wrists with his glasses, leaving scars as a reminder.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari has provided CHRR with a letter from prison requesting lawmakers and attorneys to on his behalf file a complaint at an international tribunal against the government and judiciary of the Islamic Republic for his imprisonment and torture.

The letter along with another unpublished document is below.

I am lodging a complaint!

I Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aka Siyamak Mehr, blogger for the blog “Gozareshe Khake Iran,” hereby request from honorable lawmakers and attorneys, to accept my gratitude for their efforts if circumstances permit to represent me in court. I give them my power of attorney to lodge a lawsuit on my behalf against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the judiciary of this regime in any suitable court of law in the United States, for my illegal arrest and severe torture, my 4-year prison sentence on baseless and ridiculous charges such as “propaganda against the regime,” and “insult” to an absurd concept called “Supreme Leader.”

The lawsuit is to condemn the opinions issued in the Islamic courts and to demand compensation from Iranian officials for my emotional duress and physical complications along with the losses endured during my prison term. In hopes that this action will condemn the oppressive regime of Iran and encourage other Iranians sentenced in the courts of the oppressive Islamic regime and victims of clergy crimes to also step forward and in this manner of lodging complaints in the courts of the United States of America, make a loud case that can be heard in the rest of the world.

Karaj Central prison (penitentiary) February 3, 2013

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central prison

Mohammad Pourshajari

Dr. Khazali’s letter to his wife: “My tears and your tears will rip out the roots of oppression.”

Human Rights House of Iran – Dr. Mehdi Khazali wrote a letter to his wife on the 40th day of his hunger strike as his health is dangerously deteriorationg and he is danger of imminent death.

This incarcerated dissident was reportedly transferred to Taleghani hospital after suffering a heart attack.

In the past month he has been transferred to the infirmary at Evin prison on numerous occasions and has vowed to continue with his hunger strike and has stated that he has prepared himself for martyrdom.

Following is the letter provided to Kalame, that Dr. Khazali wrote from prison to his wife on the 40th day of his hunger strike.

In the name of God the Merciful:

Greetings my beloved wife, my utmost love to you.

I know you have faith in the love between us. You know how I long to hear your angelic voice that whispers in the ears of my soul, energizing me with love and affection.

But I saw that your voice is exhausted. I felt your weariness and your sorrow. You were moaning as you were mourning for me.

It is distressing to see one’s wife and children mourn a slow death that is voluntary and self-imposed.

Now as I write you these lines I am immersed in my solitude, I have shed so many tears for you that there is not a dry spot left on my pillow, and there is no handkerchief big enough to wipe away these tears.

It feels good as I call my bunkmate below me and ask if I can borrow some paper to express my feelings. He gives me all the paper he has and says, “Write down all your longing heart’s desires.” But my tears keep pouring as they leave their footprints on this paper.

It is difficult, very difficult, when your wife and children mourn your slow and self-imposed death, when you are witness to the suffering you have imposed on them as they mourn for you. Restraint is difficult. It is impossible to not cry and weep for their sorrow and agony.

But you must be careful to not allow these tears and this love to turn into chains and shackles. No, these are the kind of tears that are shed for Imam Hossein and Zeinab Kobras of the world.

These tears cleanse the stomach that is digesting its resolve and determination. These tears will not make us lose our footing or deter us from us our path. These boiling tears are pure love of a wife and children who endure great suffering in the path towards justice.

May they all be sacrificed as was Zeinab, peace be upon her, for are they more valuable than the prophet’s family?

My dear beloved, my tears and your tears that we shed today, like the weeping for Imam Hossein, son of Ali, should be the cause of more striving, effort and determination. They must become the two wings with which we fly to reach our rightful beloved.

We must become the floods that shall uproot tyranny.

So come, let us shed our tears together. These are the tears that will rip out the roots of oppression.

Mehdi Khazali

Evin prison, Ward 350

Source: Kalame

Human Rights House of Iran

* today marks the 42nd day of Dr. Khazali’s hunger strike

Dr. Khazali

Death sentence of prisoner Saeed Malekpour authorized to take place

Human Rights House of Iran – The death penalty case file for computer programmer Saeed Malekpour has been sent to the enforcement department that carries out the execution.

During the past few days the lawyers for imprisoned cyber activist Saeed Malekpour went to the Revolutionary Court and the Supreme Court to follow up on their client’s case, and learned that Saeed’s case file has been sent to the enforcement department that carries out the execution.

Human Rights House of Iran reports that Saeed’s case file was transferred for enforcement despite that fact that Saeed and his lawyer’s were never notified of his death sentence, which was imposed for the second time by the Supreme Court.

In November 2011, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court that had already handed down the death sentence for Saeed Malekpour imposed an additional sentence of 7.5 years behind bars. After the first court session, the Supreme Court struck down the death sentence, but Judge Moghiseh reinstated the verdict a second time. Branch 32 of the Supreme Court conducted a review and upheld the ruling without any follow up on the errors and defects in the case.

Malekpour has spent a total of 11 months between solitary confinement and cells with very few people in Ward 2A of Evin prison with is controlled by the IRG (Revolutionary Guards) and is not under the supervision of the prison corps.

When he was first arrested, Saeed spent 6 months in solitary confinement where he endured severe mental duress and physical torture. To date, this engineer and web programmer has spent 3 years and 4 months behind bars.

During the past few weeks while keeping Saeed in solitary confinement, interrogating agents from the Cyber Intelligence Unit of the IRG attempted to pressure and coerce Saeed into partaking in another false televised confession, which he refused.

Saeed Malekpour, born in 1975, is an engineering graduate who received his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Sharif University. He worked in Iran at a research center and as an inspector. He was accepted to Canada’s Victoria University and had moved there for his graduate studies and was a resident of Canada before his arrest.

Saeed had lived in Canada since 2008 and while working as a developer he designed a program that would allow his clients to upload pictures. Per his lawyer and wife, this program was used in an adult content website without Saeed’s knowledge or permission. Saeed confirmed this in a letter he wrote from behind bars.

Human Rights House of Iran

Saeed Maleki

Kouhyar Goudarzi held behind bars in solitary confinement

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Incarcerated human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi was again transferred from the public cells in Ward 209 to solitary confinement in Evin prison. According to reports, prior to this Kouhyar Goudarzi was being kept with another prisoner in a 10-meter cell in Ward 209. This area of the ward is comprised of very small cells referred to as “suites.” Kouhyar’s cellmate was recently taken to another location and Kouhyar was transferred back to solitary confinement.

After Intelligence Ministry agents detained Kouhyar Gourdarzi on July 31, 2011, there was no news of his condition or his whereabouts and he was kept behind bars incommunicado without the right to contact his family for 3 months. During this period of time, Kouhyar was kept behind bars in solitary confinement for 60 days.

During his court hearing which was held on January 17, 2012, Judge Pir-Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court charged Kouhyar Goudarzi with “propaganda against the regime” and “gathering and collusion against the regime.” As he awaits his sentencing, Kouhyar has objected to his continued incarceration in Ward 209, and has requested to be moved to the public ward of the prison.

Kouhyar Goudarzi is being kept in the detention center of Ward 209 despite the fact that his interrogations ended a while ago, indicating that the only reason he is still behind bars in this area is for the officials to continue harassing, intimidating and pressuring him.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), was first arrested on December 20, 2009 and was sentenced to one year in prison. He was released on December 2010 after serving his time behind bars.

Kouhyar’s mother Parvin Mokhtareh was also arrested one day after he was detained. She is being kept behind bars in Kerman prison and she is waiting for the appellate court’s ruling regarding her sentence.

Kouhyar Goudarzi held behind bars in solitary confinement

Kouhyar Goudarzi

Javad Lari’s death sentence replaced with 2 years behind bars, possibility of his imminent release

Human Rights House of Iran – According to his lawyer Manijeh Mohammadi, the lower court had received this case for further review and handed down the new sentence of 2 years imprisonment.

Javad Lari’s lawyer Manijeh Mohmmadi said in an interview with Human Rights House of Iran that the Supreme Court recently overturned the death sentence and sent it back to the lower court, resulting in the new sentence of 2 years in prison.

Mr. Lari’s lawyer who has been representing him for over 2 years while he has been behind bars with a death sentence, said that her client could be released within the next 24 hours.

On September 16, 2009, agents from the Intelligence Ministry arrested Javad Lari at his workplace. On July 2010, Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mr. Lari to death.

After Branch 32 of the Supreme Court overturned the ruling, Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court re-issued Javad Lari’s death sentence and the case went back to the Supreme Court a second time for further review. The Supreme Court struck down the death penalty again and a lower court reduced the sentence to 2 years behind bars.

The charges against Javad Lari stemmed from a visit he made to Iraq in 2008 in an unsuccessful attempt to visit some of his old friends. This trip prompted the authorities to accuse him of being connected with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), which Mr. Lari and his lawyers have vehemently denied.

Human Rights House of Iran

Javad Lari