Majid Tavakoli was released on bail from Rajai Shahar prison in the city of Karaj on Monday night [October 21] after enduring 4 years behind bars without any furlough.
Majid Tavakoli, a shipbuilding-engineering student at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Politechnic) was detained for the third time on December 7, 2009. The former member of the Central Council of the Islamic Association of Amirkabir University was beaten up and violently detained by agents as he was leaving the university premises after delivering a speech on Student Day.
In January 2010, Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed Tavakoli an 8-year prison sentence along with a 5-year ban on participating in any political activities and a 5-year ban from leaving the country. The charges brought against him were “propaganda against the regime,” “insulting the leadership,” “insulting the presidency” and “gathering and collusion against the regime.” Later in another court session presided by Judge Moghise, Majid Tavakoli was handed an additional 6-months in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” for writing a letter from prison in commemoration of Student Day.
Majid Tavakoli was detained twice prior to his 2009 arrest. His first arrest was on May 2007 due to his role in student publications at Amirkabir University for which he spent 15 months behind bars. In February 2009 he was detained again and was held in solitary confinement for 115 days after attending a memorial ceremony in honor of [former prime minister] Mehdi Bazargan.