Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ashkan Zahabian arrested for fourth time

Committee of Human Rights Reporters –Ashkan Zahabian, student activist in the Green Movement and member of Tahkim-e Vahdat (Student-Alumni Association) was arrested at his parental home this morning Monday May 27th.

According to news provided to CHRR, this morning Security Ministry agents raided the home of Ashkan Zahabian’s parents, aggressively arrested and transferred him to an undisclosed location. In 2009, Zahabian served as a student volunteer at the Babol campaign headquarters of presidential election candidate, Mehdi Karoubi.

The Kaleme website reports that Ashkan Zahabian, Mashhad Ferdowsi University student barred from continuing his education, was previously detained for a third time in April 2011 when per a summons he showed up at the Sari Intelligence Office. His first arrest was in June 2009 only four days after the contested election results, at a Mazandaran University student protest. He lost consciousness during the violent arrest by plainclothes officials and Intelligence Ministry agents detained him.

In February 2009, Zahabian was banned from continuing his education because of his activism and was expelled from university one term shy of graduating. In November 2009, he was arrested again and the Babol Revolutionary Court sentenced Zahabian to 6 months in prison stemming from his student activism. He was deprived of his right to an attorney and was not allowed to defend himself in court. At Babol’s Matikola Prison, his health deteriorated and he endured solitary confinement while on hunger strike in protest of being held in a facility among criminals, and being denied needed medical treatment.

The new charges against Ashkan Zahabian stem from his meeting with the Grand Ayatollah Sanei, Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani, and other clerics in the city of Qom.

CHRR

اشکان ذهابیان برای چهارمین بار بازداشت شد

Ashkan Zahabian


Hossein Ronaghi Maleki in deteriorating health due to his medication being confiscated

The health of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed political prisoner in Ward 350 of Evin prison, is deteriorating due to his mediation being withheld by officials of the prison facility.

According to the Kaleme website, the human rights activist who had been on medical furlough turned himself in at Evin prison on Tuesday May 21st after the ruling apparatus ordered him to return to prison due to the upcoming presidential elections. Since his return to prison, Ronaghi Maleki has not had access to his needed medication.

When Ronaghi Maleki entered Evin prison, all his personal belongings including his medication were confiscated despite the fact that due to his illness and low kidney function, prostate inflammation and bladder ailment, it is imperative that he takes his medication on a daily basis.

The blogger underwent surgery a few weeks ago at Tehran’s Hasheminejad Hospital where after extensive efforts on the part of his surgeons, his left kidney function reached 17% and his right kidney function reached 83%.  However now after his return behind bars and his inaccessibility to his needed medication, his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Kaleme 

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Hossein Ronaghi Maleki


Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam member Mohammad Bagher Moradi handed 5-year prison sentence

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Mohammad Bagher Moradi who was among the group of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam detained writers was sentenced to five years in prison.

According to CHRR, Mohammad Bagher Moradi was informed via a phone call that Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir-Abassi had issued him a 5-year prison sentence on the charge of “illegal gathering and collusion against national security.”

Members of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Writer’s Association) have been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and subjected to continued threats and pressures. Akbar Amini Armaki was summoned a few days ago along with others who do not want their names to be disclosed.

Mohammad Bagher Moradi was among a group of writers who were detained on October 30, 2012 when security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members. Most were later released but 17 members with Mehdi Khazali among them were transferred to Evin prison. Agents detained Pejman Zafarmand and Mehdi Karimi later. Mehdi Khazali remains behind bars in Ward 209 of Evin prison.

With the prison sentence issued to Mohammad Bagher Moradi, so far a total of 21 years in prison has been handed down to the writers with a total of 15 years of being barred from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

The sentences are as follows:

Akbar Amini – 5 years in prison; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Peyman Zafarmand – 3 years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Mohammad Parsi – 3 years in prison; 2 years on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security via the Internet,” and one year on the charge of “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet.

Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court issued the sentences for Akbar Amini, Peyman Zafarmand and Mohammad Parsi.

Mohammad Reza Ahmadi – 4 years in prison; 3 years on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security, and one year from a previous suspended sentence that he must now serve. Judge Ahmadi presiding over Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court issued the sentence.

Mohsen Ghashghayizadeh – 2 years in prison on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security” handed down by Judge Pir-Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.

CHRR

صدور پنج سال حبس تعزیری برای محمد باقر مرادی، از بازداشت شدگان سرای اهل قلم

Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam member Mohammad Bagher Moradi handed 5-year prison sentence

Mohammad Bagher Moradi


Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters –  Shiva Nazarahari, human rights activist, founder and former head of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, returned to Evin prison today May 2, 2013.

According to CHRR, Nazarahari who had not requested prison leave was arbitrarily granted a second furlough on May 1st (mother’s day). She was contacted by personnel from the judicial authority and required to present herself back at Evin prison today.

This member of CHRR was first granted temporary release on March 13 for the Nowruz holidays after enduring 184 days behind bars without furlough. She returned to Evin prison after one month.

On December 20, 2009, Shiva Nazarahri was arrested while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. She was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.

In the past days, a number of political prisoners who had been on furlough were summoned back to prison. Bahare Hedayat, women’s and student rights activist turned herself in at Evin prison to serve the remaining of her 9.5-year prison sentence. Journalists Masoud Bastani and Bahman Amouie were summoned back to Rajai Shahr prison and ordered to present themselves at the facility tomorrow. Both of their spouses, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi and Jila Baniyaghoub are held behind bars at Evin prison.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that all political prisoners who were on furlough have been summoned to return to prison. Ahmad Zeidabadi and Mehdi Mahmoudian are among those handed a summons by the judiciary with an order to return to prison in the next few days.

CHRR

Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

شیوا نظر آهاری به زندان اوین بازگشت

Shiva Nazarahari


Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s prison sentence

Hossein Ronaghi:

Per the new ruling handed down by Branch 112 of the Tabriz Public Court, I was sentenced to 6 months in prison on the charges of “endangering public health through distribution of moldy bread,” and “disobeying an officer.”

The above ruling and the recent 2-year prison sentence handed on the charge of “gathering and collusion against national security” in the Azerbaijan earthquake zone are added to my 15-year prison sentence.

Now I am sentenced to a total of 17.6 years in prison.

بر اساس حکم جدید شعبه 112 دادگاه عمومی تبریز ، برای اتهام تهدید علیه بهداشت عمومی از طریق پخش نان کپک زده و تمرد از مامور به شش ماه حبس تعزیری محکوم شدم .
با این حساب و با حکم دو سال حبس تعزیری برای اجتماع و تبانی به قصد بر هم زدن امنیت کشور در مناطق زلزله زده و حکم قبلی مبنی بر 15 سال حبس تعزیری ، مجموعا به 17 سال و شش ماه حبس تعزیری محکوم گشته ام .
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Hossein Ronaghi

Akbar Amini summoned by phone to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Akbar Amini, member of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) has been summoned by phone to appear at the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence.

According to CHRR, this Green Movement activist is required to appear at the Intelligence Ministry on Monday May 20th while no reason was given for the summons order.

On April 16th, Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed Akbar Amini a 5-year prison sentence; 4 years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime,” along with a 5-year ban from membership in any political party or group, and activity in any Internet or media outlet. A one-year suspended term from a previous sentencing was also enforced, requiring him to spend a total of 6 years in prison.

Akbar Amini was among a group of writers who were detained on October 30, 2012 when security agents raided a gathering of the Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Association of Writers) and arrested around 70 members. Most were later released but 17 members were transferred to Evin prison.

On February 14, 2011 (25 Bahman), when Akbar Amini climbed on top of a crane and waved a green cloth in an act of protest, he was violently arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry.

CHRR

Akbar Amini summoned by phone to appear at the Ministry of Intelligence

احضار تلفنی اکبر امینی ارمکی به وزارت اطلاعات

Akbar Amini


Dialogue with my callous interrogator

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki:

I know you read it therefore I will write it so you can know, and be acquainted with the guy who said very honestly, “We are worried about Iran and Iranians, we are not the enemy!”

On the first day you told me, “We will not hold you more than 48 hours, just cooperate with us!” I said, “I will stay for 6 months but I will be myself.”

You lied. You kept me in solitary confinement of the security ward for 13 months!

 

During the sentencing you said, “We will not give you more than a 2-year prison sentence!” I said, “I am ready for 6 years!”

You lied. You handed me 15-year prison sentence!

 

I was sick and you told me you would transfer me to the best hospital in Tehran and ensure my medical treatment. I said, “Give me a little time to regain my health and I will be at your disposal again.”

As always, you lied!

 

I was on prison furlough. You said, “We achieved our goal which was to crush Iran Proxy. We know you are not our enemy. A 15-year prison sentence is too heavy and we will not return you to prison.” I said, “You determine what will happen to me!”

You lied. You are taking me back to the ward.

 

But I am still hopeful that one day I will see a compassionate and honest interrogator because I believe that under every circumstance, a person can change and be human.

The fact is that a tortured soul does not need blood [revenge].

http://2alef.blogspot.com/2013/05/blog-post_19.html

Hossein Ronaghi