Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Reza Akvanian, blogger, poet, writer and human rights activist has been released from Yasuj prison.
According to CHRR, Reza Akvanian, who was detained 17 days ago by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and was subjected to violent interrogations, was released on 100 million tomans bail from the Central Prison of the city of Yasuj on Wednesday, April 10th.
Security agents detained this human rights activist on Sunday March 24, 2013 at approximately 3am at his residence. The agents violently raided his home and after conducting a massive search they confiscated Akvanian’s personal items such as his laptop computer, external drive, scanner, printer, mobile phone, and his writings. Akvanian was held incommunicado for the first 2 weeks while detained and his family had no knowledge of his condition or whereabouts. When his family was finally able to see him, they reported visible signs of bruising from interrogations on his body.
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.”