Writer Hojatollah Nikooi Has Been Detained

HRANA- Writer and translator Hojatollah Nikooi was detained and taken to an undisclosed location on Sunday by plain clothed agents.

HRANA reporters have learned that Hojatollah Nikooi had been recently forced out of work due to his debates with religious scholars. A friend of the writer has stated that he believes that Nikooi’s detention is unlawful and a result of his recent writings published online criticising certain religious concepts.

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July 9th Remembrance Ceremony in Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery

HRANA- More than 2,000 people gathered in Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery in groups today to remember their lost loved ones.

Today is the one year anniversary of the July 9th government crackdown in which several people lost their lives.

According to Radio France, a large number of people gathered in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery yesterday July 8, 2010 to remember those who died during last year’s post election unrest; especially those arrested on July 9th and lost their lives in Kahrizak Prison.

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Arash Sadeghi Sentenced to More Prison Time and Flogging

HRANA- Arash Sadeghi, a political activist and student was sentenced to six years in prison and seventy-four lashings.

Arash Sadeghi attended Alameh Tabatabai University where he was a member of the Participation Front. He was sentenced by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court for charges of spreading anti-government propaganda and colluding against the government.

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Three Kurds Were Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison

HRANA News Agency – The Revolutionary Court has sentenced three Sunni Kurds to fifteen years in prison.

According to a report by Mukrian News Agency, Abdullah Khosrow-Zadeh, Hessam Mohammadi and Hayman Mahmoud Takhti have each been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of cooperating with religious organizations.These three prisoners were arrested 20 months ago and have been locked up in Rajai-Shahr Prison since then.

Abdolreza Ghanbari’s Death Sentence Referred to the Enforcement Unit

HRANA News Agency – After the Amnesty and Clemency Commission rejected Abdolreza Ghanbari’s plea for reprieve, his case has been referred to the Revolutionary Court’s Enforcement Unit tasked to carry out the verdict.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Abdolreza Ghanbari is a high school teacher in Varamin County and holds a PhD degree in Literature and Persian language.He was arrested on December 27, 2009 during Ashura protests and charged with participating in and videotaping the demonstrations and sending the videos to opposition groups.

After his arrest, Abdolreza Ghanbari was denied the right to legal counsel and was not informed of his basic rights.On January 30, 2010, after a month and few days following the events of Ashura protests, he was tried, found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death by Judge Salavati who presided over the Revolutionary Court, Branch 15.

According to legal proceedings, the death penalty verdict then had to be sent to the Supreme Court.Instead, the case was referred to the Provincial Appeals Court, Branch 36, where Judge Zargar presided over the trial and upheld the death sentence.

It has been over a year since Abdolreza Ghanbari’s wife sent a letter to the Amnesty and Clemency Commission to ask for reprieve. Since the clemency request for Abdolreza Ghanbari has been turned down, the death penalty verdict has been sent to the Revolutionary Court’s Enforcement Unit to be carried out.

 

Hussein Ronaghi Malaki Denied Medical Treatment

HRANA News Agency – Hussein Ronaghi Malaki’s second surgery has been postponed for the third consecutive time due to the interference of prison officials following orders issued by security and judicial apparatus.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hussein Ronaghi Malaki is an imprisoned blogger and human rights activist who was scheduled to have a surgery on May 22, 2011.However, prison officials have once again interfered with Hussein Ronaghi Malaki’s medical care, endangering his life.Illegal actions taken in violation of prison statute have delayed this prisoner’s medical treatment for 17 days.

Hussein Ronaghi Malaki is serving a 15 year prison term and also suffers from gallbladder discomfort.Despite his attending physician’s recommendations, Hussein Ronaghi Malaki has been denied furlough to seek medical care.

 

Mohammad Seyfzadeh Transferred to Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Seyfzadeh, an attorney and the co-founder of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, has been transferred from Urmia Prison to ward 209 in Evin.

According to a report by the Campaign for the Independence of Iranian Bar Association, Mohammad Seyfzadeh was arrested two months ago in Urmia and charged with acting against national security by attempting to leave the country illegally.This report also indicates that Mohammad Seyfzadeh was held captive for one month in a solitary confinement in Evin Prison, ward 209 but now has been transferred out of isolation units into prison cells housing multiple inmates.Mohammad Seyfzadeh remains in temporary custody for the time being while his case is pending review by the fourth branch of Evin Prison’s court system.

It has been reported that Mohammad Seyfzadeh’s physical and psychological condition isn’t good, and his family has been allowed to visit him only twice during his detention.