Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Reza Akvanian, blogger, poet, writer and human rights activist was detained by security agents on Sunday March 24, 2013 at approximately 3am.
According to CHRR, after being held incommunicado for 2 weeks Akvanian was finally allowed visitation with his family on Saturday April 6th. According to his family, bruising and signs of beatings were visible on Reza Akvanian’s body pointing to the severe physical pressure put on him by agents in efforts to obtain a false confession.
Reza Akvanian is a writer for the blog “salhaye khoobe zendegi” (life’s good years) who was arrested earlier on February 1, 2010 by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence. Judge Tahmasabi presiding over Branch 1 of the Yasuj Revolutionary Court handed Akvanian a one-year prison sentence and a 5-year suspended term on the charges of “insulting the leader and the president in blog content” and “association with outsiders by sharing news reports.”