Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On the afternoon of Tuesday April 9th around 35 political prisoners were unexpectedly released from Evin prison.
According to news provided to CHRR, Saman Hamidi, Amir Gorshasabi, Ghourbian, Sedaghat, Lahouti, Ali Shariati, Abolfazl Ghasemi, and Javad Zakeni are among the released. Seyed Alireza Seyedian and Davar Hosseini’s 2.5-year prison sentences were commuted.
These prisoners were mostly arrested in 2009 during the mass upheaval following the contested presidential elections. They were released on Tuesday with no explanation or clarification about whether they were being granted temporary or permanent release.
In the past few weeks, a number of political prisoners were granted temporary release for the Nowruz holidays. Among those released on furlough were Emad Bahavar, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mehdi Khodayi, Nasim Soltan Beigi, Alieh Tabrai, Hassan Zeidabadi, Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh, Mohammad Rezai, Shahabeddin Mortazavi, Kamyar Parsa, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Saman Hamidi Azadi, Majid Sedaghat, Hassan Farji, Behzad Hooshmand, Hassan Khodavari, and Mostafah Badkoobei.