Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Masoud Bastani, journalist whose furlough was not extended, returned to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj on September 15. Since his arrest in 2009, this was the first time he was released on furlough at the same time his wife, jailed journalist Mahsa Amrabadi was also on furlough.
Masoud Bastani, head of “Jomhooriat” website was detained on July 5, 2009 and was handed a 6-year prison sentence by the Revolutionary Court on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” and “gathering with intention to disturb the peace.” He was held in Evin prison but on January 25, 2010 he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison where dangerous criminals are held.
His wife journalist Mahsa Amrabadi was detained in June 2009 and spent more than 60 days behind bars. She was detained a second time on March 1 along with Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour and Shahin Jahadi during the time of Green Movement protests against the illegal house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and their wives. She was released in March 2011 before the Noruz (new year) holidays.
On June 12, 2011 Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghise handed Amrabadi a one year prison sentence on the charge of “propaganda against the regime by reporting and conducting interviews.” She was serving her sentence behind bars in Evin prison until she was granted furlough on July 17, 2013.
مسعود باستانی٬ روزنامهنگار با عدم تمدید مرخصی به زندان بازگشت
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.
Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison
شیوا نظر آهاری به زندان اوین بازگشت