Sunday, December 6, 2009

Students Face Heavy Arrests and Heavy Prison Terms

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Human Rights Activists in Iran

For families of political prisoners wandering along the hallways of the Revolutionary Court and the Prosecutor’s office, in order to get some news of their loved ones, has become a daily fact of life. The majority of the time they have to face stonewalling and vague answers by the judiciary officials. Mahdieh Golroo was arrested 3 days ago and yet her name is not registered at the Revolutionary Court or Evin Prison. Meanwhile everyday more people get arrested; today more than 10 mourning mothers were arrested during their weekly gathering at Laleh Park. Courts keep handing down heavy sentences; today news got out that a Kurdish activist called Mohammad-Amin Agooshi has been sentenced to death. Scores of students have been arrested ahead of the Student Day on December 7th and the detained university students are given heavy prison sentences.

Madieh Golroo Missing Since Her Arrest

Mahdieh Golroo has not been heard from since her arrest 3 days ago. Her family has been told by the Revolutionary Court officials that she is not registered on their data base. Golroo who is a member of HRA was arrested with her husband, Vahis La’lipoor and taken to Evin Prison. Last week, the Revolutionary Court sentenced her to one year suspended prison term enforceable within the next 5 years.

Saeed Kalanaki & Saeed Jalalifar Call Home

Today, Saeed Kalanaki and Saeed Jalalifar called their families for the first time since their arrests. Kalanaki is a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters and Jalalifar works with the Right to Education Council. Both men are being held in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin Prison. Kalanaki and Jalilifar were arrested on Monday, November 30th, 2009 for unknown reasons.

Heavy Sentences for Shiraz University Students

Kazem Rezaee and Yahya Tavoosi, 2 Shiraz University students, were respectively sentenced to 5 years 8 months and 3 years in prison. Rezaee was arrested along with other students on November 4th and Tavoosi was arrested by the order of the Prosecutor when he went to the Revolutionary Court to seek news of his friend Rezaee. Both students are currently detained in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz.

Haydeh Tabesh Arrested

A member of the 1 Million Signatures Campaign called Haydeh Tabesh was arrested this morning in Isfahan. Tabesh was arrested by agents from the Intelligence Ministry as she was leaving a language class. The agents then accompanied Tabesh to her house where took away her personal belongings as well as computers belonging to her 2 children. Tabesh is the second arrested member of the Campaign in Isfahan. Previously, Mehrnoosh Etemadi another member of the Campaign was arrested. Two weeks after Etemadi’s arrest her family has been given limited information about her charges or whereabouts.

Mourning Mothers Arrested

Intelligence agents arrested more than 10 mourning mothers who were holding their weekly gathering at Laleh Park. According to an eyewitness, a large number of security and plainclothes forces were present at Laleh Park and surrounding areas this afternoon and prevented the mourning mothers from gathering. The forces arrested several mothers after they refused to disperse. There is no information on the exact number or the identities of those arrested.

Zabihollah Ra’oofi Remains in Prison

Zabihollah Ra’oofi, a Baha’i resident of Sanandaj, was arrested on August 19th, 2009 and put on trial one week later. During the trial which was held behind closed doors, Ra’oofi was found guilty of the charge of propagating his faith and sentenced to one year in prison to be served in exile in MInab. On October 22nd, 2009, the Appeals Court reduced the sentence to 6 months in prison to be served in exile in Touyserkan. One month and half on, the Appeal’s Court ruling has yet to be enforced and Ra’oofi remains detained in Sanandaj Prison. Ra’oofi was supposed to be released on bail on October 22nd, 2009, but when his family went to prison they were told of the new ruling by the prison officials who then refused to release him.

Labor Activists Arrested in Sanandaj

14 labor activists and members of the Workers Coordination Committee were arrested yesterday during a meeting in the outskirts of Sanandaj.

The names of the detained activists are as follows:

1-Vafa Ghaderi
2-Diakoo Ghaderi ( Vafa Ghaderi’s 10 years old son)
3-Sedigh Sobhani
4-Wife of Sedigh Sobhani
5-Yadollah Hamdi
6-Kiyoumars Ghaderi
7-Habibollah Kalekani
8-Erfan Naderi
9-Kaveh Bahrami
10-Jaml Khani
11-Vahed Khani
12-Fayegh Sobhani
13-Kiyoumars Sobhani
14-Zahir Razavi

3 people have been reportedly released but the judge has ordered that the others could only be released on $100,000 bail each.

Mohammad-Amin Agooshi Sentenced to Death

Mohammad-Amin Agoosh, a resident of Piranshahr, has been sentenced to death after being arrested in 2009 and accused of having ties to a Kurdish Political party. Agooshi was also arrested two years ago, along with Ahmad Pouladkhani and Iraj Mohammadi, but was released later.

Faizollah Arab-Sorkhi Moved Back to Solitary

Faizollah arab-Sorkhi’ wife has said that he has been moved back to solitary confinement. During a visit Maryam Sharbatdar-Ghods told Karrubi that she last visited her husband 17 days ago and Arab-Sorkhi’s visitation rights have been revoked since. The transfer to solitary and the new round of interrogations comes as it was previously announced that Arab-Sorkhi’s investigations had ended and the court ruling was imminent.

Yashar Darolshafa Released

Yashar Darolshafa was released after spending 20 days in the ward 209 of Evin. Darolshafa is a Master’s student at Tehran University and a leftist student activist. He was arrested on November 4th, 2009 around 7 Tir Square and had contacted his family 3 days after his arrest to tell them that he was being held in Evin Prison.