Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mohammad Nasiri, Internet activist sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Mohammad (Kourosh) Nasiri, Internet activist who was detained for being a member of the Imam Naghi Facebook page, has been handed a 10.6-year prison sentence.

Mohammad Nasiri was detained at his home on May 23, 2012 and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison, which is under the jurisdiction of the IRGC Intelligence unit. He spent 30 days in solitary cells in wards 209 and 240 of Evin prison.

According to information provided to CHRR, on May 23, 2012, Ministry of Intelligence officials violently raided the home of Mohammad Nasiri at 3am by breaking down the door. They beat Nasiri and his brother while causing extreme stress to his stunned family, and transferred him to Evin prison.

Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi handed Nasiri a 10.6-year prison sentence along with 37 lashes and 350 thousand Tomans in penalties. The charges against him were “insulting the holy”, “gathering with the intent of endangering national security”, “insulting Ayatollah Khomeini”, “insulting the leadership”, “propaganda against the regime”, “insulting the presidency,” and “procession of alcohol.”

Mohammad Nasiri, prisoner of conscience underwent severe psychological duress and physical torture when he was interrogated in solitary confinement. Since then he has spent about a year behind bars in Ward 350 of Evin prison.

CHRR محمد نصیری، فعال اینترنتی به ۱۰ سال و ۶ ماه حبس تعزیری محکوم شده است

 

Iran prisoner


44 political prisoners protest the exile of Abolfazl Abedini to Ahvaz prison

Abolfazl Abedini is a jailed journalist in Iran who has consistently been abused.

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In a letter, 44 political prisoners protested the exile of Abolfazl Abedini and demanded that he be returned to Evin prison. Abedini has recounted how he witnessed the signs of torture inflicted on Sattar Beheshti before his death.

According to the Keleme website, jailed journalist Abolfazl Abedini was at Evin’s public Ward 350 when Sattar Beheshti was transferred there and testified before the magistrate (Shahryari) investigating the cause of death of Sattar Beheshti while in custody of the police force. In his testimony Abedini recounted how he saw visible signs of severe torture inflicted on Sattar Beheshti’s body.

On Saturday Abolfazl Abedini who had been assured of no repercussions for his testimony was suddenly transferred from Evin prison to Karoon prison in Ahvaz. He immediately launched a hunger strike in protest of his illegal transfer and announced he would stay on hunger strike until his return to Evin prison.

With consideration to the workings of the justice system and the behavior of those in charge of the court dossier, it seems unlikely that there will be any resolution in the pursuit of justice for the cause of death case of Sattar Beheshti, blogger who lost his life during interrogations at the police detention center.  Abolfazl Abedini who witnessed what happened to Sattar and testified to what he saw, is punished in order to dissuade other witnesses from testifying.

Following is the letter signed by 44 political prisoners provided to Kaleme:

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Saturday of this week Abolfazl Abedini, political prisoner who has been held behind bars for 4 years without furlough, was illegally transferred from Evin Ward 350 to Ahvaz prison. Like many other Green activists, this citizen who loves Iran was robbed of his youth for his diligence in pursuing his goals to better his country, and for his human rights work – he was handed a severe and unjust sentence of 12.5 years in prison.

While in prison, despite his personal limitations Abedini has taken responsibility and protected other prisoners who have been subjected to abuse and oppression while behind bars. One such case was his courageous testimony to the signs of severe torture he had witnessed on Sattar Beheshti’s body. As a result, it is not farfetched for us to assume that Abedini was exiled because of his efforts in preventing the lack of justice for Sattar’s spilled blood.

We the signatories denounce the unjust deportation of Ablofazl Abedini, and demand that he immediately be transferred back. We ask the judicial apparatus to look into the current practices used against political prisoners who are handed heavy prison sentences and unjustified exile.

1) Mohammad Ebrahimi

2) Hasan Asadi Zeidabadi

3) Amir Eslami

4) Reza Entesari

5) Ebrahim Babayi

6) Mostafa Badkoubei

7) Emad Bahavar

8) Omid Behrouzi

9) Ghorban Behzadian Nejad

10) Seyed Alireza Beheshti Shirazi

11) Kamyar Parsa

12) Masoud Pedram

13) Mehdi Tajik

14) Nader Jani

15) Amin Chalaki

16) Siyavosh Hatam

17) Ali Khodabakhsh

18) Mehdi Khodayi

19) Mostafa Daneshjoo

20) Mohammad Davari

21) Amir Khosro Dalirsani

22) Alireza Rajai

23) Mohammad Rezayi

24) Alireza Roshan

25) Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

26) Mostafa Rismanbaf

27) Hossein Zarini

28) Abdolfattah Soltani

29) Mostafa Abdi

30) Feyzollah Arabsorkhi

31) Behzad Arabgol

32) Siyamak Ghaderi

33) Afshin Karampour

34) Hamid Karvasi

35) Jaafar Ganji

36) Hamidreza Moradi

37) Saeed Madani

38) Abdollah Momeni

39) Mohsen Mirdamadi

40) Nasour Naghipour

41) Mohammad Amin Hadavi

42) Seyed Ahmad Hashemi

43) Farshid Yadollahi

44) Mohammad Hasan Yousefpour

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Kaleme   http://www.kaleme.com/1392/05/08/klm-153238/

Abolfazl Abedini


Saeed Matinpour allowed visitation in Evin prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Saeed Matinpour, jailed journalist and political activist was granted visitation in prison today, July 29 after spending about 3 years of his sentence behind bars.

According to CHRR, on July 18 Saeed Matinpour and a number of other political prisoners at Evin prison were transferred to solitary confinement after about 150 officers violently raided the men’s public Ward 350 of the prison. This led to 6 prisoners launching a hunger strike in support of Matinpour, demanding that he be released from solitary confinement and returned to the public ward. The six prisoners who went on hunger strike were Saeed Jalalifar (CHRR member), Saeed Haeri (former CHRR member), Reza Shahabi, Soroush Sabet, Fereydoun Seydirad and Vahid Ali Ghalipour.

The hunger-striking prisoners ended their strike after 4 days when their demands were met and Saeed Matinpour was transferred from Ward 240 back to Ward 350 in Evin prison. Today, one week after his return to the public ward, Saeed Matinpour was finally granted visitation with his family.

Saeed Matinpour, a philosophy major at Tehran University is a civil activist involved in Azerbaijan ethnic rights, and journalist who wrote in Zanjan Newspaper. He was arrested on May 25, 2007 and subjected to harsh interrogations while held in solitary confinement for nine months, leading to back and neck problems. He was handed an 8-year prison sentence by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati on the charges of “connection with foreign entities,” and “propaganda against the regime.” Even though Matinpour has spent more than half of his prison term behind bars in Evin prison, he has been barred from his legal right to furlough despite many requests on the part of his family. He is now serving his prison term in Ward 350 of Evin prison.

CHRR

ملاقات حضوری سعید متین‌پور در اوین

Saeed Matinpour

 


Sattar Beheshti’s mother: our lawyer forced into silence but Hossein Ronaghi ready to testify in court

Sahamnews – In an interview with Saham, Sattar Beheshti’s mother again demanded a follow-up of the file for her son’s death and said that political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is willing to testify in court as to what happened to Sattar Beheshti while in detention.

Gohar Eshghi in an answer to a question regarding the murder of her son said, “We do not have any information on Sattar’s court dossier. Our lawyer was summoned on Wednesday and warned not to grant any interviews! I want to know, why? Is it because she defended an innocent young one?”

Sattar Beheshti’s mother said, “Mrs. Pourfazel is a champion, a lioness who had the courage to defend an innocent youth. Now they have forced her to consent to not granting any interviews! Assuming they have managed to silence her voice, what do they think they can do with the voice of a mother in anguish? I am Sattar’s mother and I am afraid of nothing!”

Sattar Beheshti’s mother divulged that on Wednesday, the Ministry of Intelligence summoned Mrs. Pourfazel, lawyer of Sattar Beheshti to their offices and forced her to agree to not granting any interviews about Sattar’s case to domestic or international media outlets.

Mrs. Eshghi said regarding having a new witness willing to testify regarding the circumstances of Sattar’s death, “Mr. Hossein Ronaghi came to our home [while on medical furlough from prison] and told us he was wiling to testify to the fact that when Sattar was transferred to Evin prison he was in a very grim psychological and physical state. Hossein Ronaghi said Sattar Beheshti had been severely tortured and had recounted to him that his [Sattar’s] interrogators told him they would kill him.”

On the night that Sattar Beheshti was transferred to Evin temporarily from the detention center where he had been interrogated, several prisoners witnessed visible signs of severe torture on his body. Beheshti told the prisoners that his interrogator had threatened to kill him.

Sattar Beheshti’s mother continued, “I am a mother who lived for her son, he was my whole life, he was my everything. I am this Sattar’s mother; kill me too. If you kill me too, there will be people who will continue to carry my voice to the world. I will say again that Sattar was an Iranian citizen who was not affiliated with any organization. He died for his country by the hands of the FATA police.”

Gohar Eshghi posed a question to the ruling establishment. ”Why is it that when Hossein Ronaghi was prepared to testify in court, he was instead transferred back to prison?”

According to Sattar Beheshti’s mother, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki met with the Beheshti family while he was on furlough and told them he was prepared to testify in court regarding Sattar’s murder while in detention, and what he witnessed the night he had seen Sattar in Evin prison. But instead Ronaghi Maleki was soon after summoned back behind bars at Evin prison.

Gohar Eshghi discussed the statements by the Judiciary spokesman regarding Sattar Beheshti’s case. “My Sattar was not afraid of anything. My Sattar died under torture. My Sattar died under the torture inflicted by the Fattah police force. My Sattar had no fear. My Sattar was a champion. At Evin prison, many prisoners witnessed signs of severe torture on Sattar’s body. Sattar died under torture.”

Last Monday the Attorney General of the country said in an answer to a question posed during a news conference that the case for Sattar Beheshti’s death had not gone to court yet.

Sattar Beheshti was detained in his home at Robat Karim (outside Tehran) in November 2012 and died while in custody at the police force detention center a few days later.

According to a report by the Medical Examiner’s Organization, “During the period between November 4, 2012 until May 2013, a 7-person commission and a 9-person commission were formed and their findings were presented to the magistrate. According to the findings in the forensics report, we cannot confirm that Sattar Beheshti’s cause of death was physical torture; per the indicated findings Sattar’s death was due to psychological factors.”

With months gone by since the death of Sattar Beheshti while in custody of the police force, the case for his cause of death has yet to be presented in court. During this time in several interviews Sattar’s mother has demanded a fair investigation into the unexplained death of her son. She has also made many formal requests to the ruling establishment for transparency and to set the motions to forward the case to court in a timely manner.

مادر ستار بهشتی: از وکیلمان تعهد گرفتند برای سکوت / حسین رونقی آماده شهادت دادن در دادگاه است

http://sahamnews.org/1392/05/253877/

Sattar Beheshti


Maryam Shafipour, student activist arrested

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Maryam Shafipour, student activist banned from continuing her education has been transferred to Evin prison.

According to CHRR, today July 27th, Maryam Shafipour was detained after she appeared at Branch 2 of Shahid Moghaddas Court per order of a summons, and was transferred behind bars at Evin prison.

Maryam Shafipour is a women’s rights campaigner and student activist who in the past served as a member of the Central Council of the Critics Association of Qazvin University, and was staff at Female Students for Karoubi Presidential Campaign. She was previously detained in 2010 due to her work as an activist and was handed a one-year suspended prison sentence by the Qazvin Revolutionary Court.

CHRR

Maryam Shafipour

Journalist Fariba Pojooh released from prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Fariba Pojooh, imprisoned journalist and blogger was released from prison today Saturday July 27th.

According to news provided to CHRR, jailed journalist Fariba Pojooh was released from prison after spending 18 days behind bars. On July 10, Security agents raided the home Fariba Pojooh, arbitrarily detained her and transferred her to prison. Pojooh is a journalist who has in the past worked for media outlets including Etemad newspaper and ILNA (Iranian Labour News Agency).

Fariba Pojooh was previously arrested following the disputed presidential elections in 2009. At that time she was held behind bars in Evin prison for 124 days before being released on bail. A lower court sentenced Pojooh to one year in prison. Branch 54 of Tehran Court of Appeals later modified the ruling to a 5-year suspended prison term.

CHRR

فریبا پژوه روزنامه نگار آزاد شد

Fariba Pojoo


Ahmad Asgari, jailed journalist incommunicado after one month behind bars

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Ahmad Asgari, journalist, poet, and student activist remains incommunicado with no precise information about his whereabouts one month after his arrest.

According to CHRR, Ahmad Asgari was detained by Security agents at Tehran’s Fadak Park on June 20 and transferred to an undisclosed location. During the past month he has been banned from his legal right to visitations and there is no information about his physical condition.

Despite the fact that the journalist is inflicted with neurological ailments and is epileptic, his needed medication has not been provided to him. During the past weeks Asgari has been put under intense harassment by interrogators in their attempt to build a case against the journalist. He has been pressured to accept charges of having relations with foreign organizations, and possibly Moharebeh (enmity with God).

Ahmad Asgari’s articles have been published in Karoon, Mardom Salari and Etemad newspapers, along with several websites focused on political and economic issues. Asgari is a university student at Azad University on his last year studying international relations. He was first arrested in January 2010, and released on bail after being held for 3 months. He was arrested again on June 14, 2013 as he was taking pictures of the voting areas – he was released a few hours later after his camera and mobile phone were confiscated. He was actively pursuing information about political prisoner Mohsen Rahmani during the time of his third arrest on June 20. Asgari remains incommunicado and his condition is unknown since the time of his last arrest.

CHRR

یک‌ماه بی‌خبری از احمد عسگری، روزنامه نگار

Ahmad Asgari