Five Individuals Arrested for Espionage 

The Intelligence Protection Organization of Iranian Police announced the arrest of five individuals for espionage.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Mizan News, five individuals were arrested and accused of espionage for the “association with the national intelligence agency of Israel.”

Without revealing the identities of these individuals and providing further details, the above-mentioned agency announced: “These individuals were gathering information from sensitive areas. More than gathering information, they were committing arson, writing anti-regime slogans on walls and were training for sabotage and armed operations.”

There are serious concerns about the validity of espionage allegations due to the frequent use of such accusations by the Iranian intelligence officials, which is aimed at suppressing its opponents. Such claims are often ambiguous in legal proceedings due to the lack of transparency and their political nature.

Hamid Nouri Sentenced to Life Imprisonment by Swedish Court

A Swedish court sentenced former IRGC official Hamid Nouri to life imprisonment for his role in the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988. At the time, Nouri was working as the assistant to the Deputy Prosecutor of Rajai Shahr Prison. In 2019, Nouri was arrested upon arrival at the airport in Sweden for committing crimes against humanity under the rules of universal jurisdiction.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on July 15, 2022, Hamid Nouri was sentenced to life in prison by a Swedish court for “crimes against humanity (war crimes) and murder.”

As the assistant to the deputy prosecutor, Nouri had an important role in the execution of thousands of political prisoners between July and September of 1988.

On November 9, 2019, Nouri was arrested upon arrival at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

At least 60 witnesses and 12 experts testified in his trial.

In an interview, a former Iranian Judge, who was the head of the so-called Death Committee at that time, justified these atrocities as “a necessary action against conspirators’ plots.”

In 1988, by the direct order of Iran’s former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, a committee (later known as the Death Committee), including current President Ebrahim Raisi, was established to execute thousands of political prisoners.

Four Citizens Arrested in Oshnavieh County

On July 13, 2022, in Oshnavieh County, West Azerbaijan Province, four individuals, including a Sunni cleric, were arrested and transferred to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on July 13, 2022, security forces arrested four individuals in Oshnavieh.

These individuals have been identified as Farhank Keramat, age 27, Molamohammad Tahazadeh, a Sunni cleric, Abdolrahman Dehyar, and Fara’an Ebrahimi.

The reason for these arrests is unknown so far. However, Kurdpa speculated that these arrests can be related to broadcasting a speech by the loudspeaker of a mosque in a village in Oshnavieh County.

Polish Scientist Maciej Walczak Arrested in Iran

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland confirmed the arrest of a Polish scientist named Maciej Walczak in Iran. Earlier,  Iran state TV had reported this individual’s arrest in Kerman Province. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the IRGC has arrested a Polish scientist named Maciej Walczak in Kerman. 

Polish officials have promised that they will do their best to free Walczak. 

On Wednesday, Iran state TV claimed that Walczak and three colleagues were taking soil samples at a restricted site of a missile test. 

IRGC-affiliated news agency Fars News published video footage from the arrest of several foreign diplomats including the deputy of the U.K.Ambassador in Iran,  accusing him of spying by taking samples of Iranian soil in restricted areas. The reports claimed that the official would be expelled after making an official apology. 

 

Belgian National Arrested in Iran 

Belgium’s justice minister has confirmed the arrest of a Belgium National accused of “espionage” in Iran.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Agence France-Presse (AFP), Belgium’s Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne confirmed the apprehension of a Belgian man in Iran.

Without revealing the individual’s identity, Van Quickenborne called the detention “illegal.”

Yesterday, Iran International TV Station revealed the identity of the Belgian individual as Olivier Vandecasteele, a 41-year-old aid worker who has served in various international humanitarian organizations since at least 2006.

Iran has frequently detained foreign or dual nationals for political aims such as prisoner swaps or gaining leverage in negotiations with the West.

There are serious concerns about the validity of espionage allegations due to the frequent use of such accusations by Iran, which is to suppress its opponents and the ambiguities in legal proceedings and the lack of transparency.

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Four Individuals Arrested in Kermanshah for Spreading Falsehood 

Shahram Karami, the prosecutor-general of Kermanshah Province, announced the arrest of four individuals by security forces for “association with foreign media and spreading falsehood.”

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Javan Online, four individuals were arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Kermanshah Province.

Without revealing the identities of the individuals, Karami claimed that they were arrested after publishing pictures of an Iranian rape victim in Iraq, in association with anti-regime networks and media abroad.

Man Arrested After Being Shot in Shushtar

In Shushtar, Khuzestan Province, security forces injured a man known as Hossein Karamollah Kaab by direct shooting during the arrest attempt.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Hossein Karamollah Kaab, age 36, was shot. He was arrested and hospitalized.

An informed source told HRANA, “security forces raided Kaab’s shop and beat him violently. He tried to escape, but got shot in the foot and was badly injured. The security agents took him to a hospital in Ahvaz.”

According to this source, the reason for the arrest was that Karamollah Kaab had been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence office but he refused to appear.

Seven Defendants Humiliated by Police through Shame-Parading in Tehran

In Tehran, the police paraded seven detainees through the streets for humiliation and public shaming. In recent years, Iran’s law enforcement officers have occasionally used shame parading as a punishment tool against both suspected and convicted offenders. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting IRIB News Agency, the police paraded seven defendants from the Mortezagard village in Tehran County for the purpose of humiliation and public shaming.

A video circulated on social media showed the police forced these defendants to humiliate themselves in public.

Shame Parading is a  blatant violation of both domestic laws, human rights treaties and human dignity.

 

 

Protests Continue in Golpayegan and Several other Cities

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, protests against soaring food prices continued in several cities, including Golpayegan in Isfahan Province. Many cities witnessed heavy police and security forces’ presence and internet disruptions.

Video footages obtained by HRANA News Agency show that in Golpayegan, people were rallying in the streets and chanting slogans against the regime. Reportedly, in Junaqan City, in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, the government has almost completely shut down the internet.

Following a new wave of price hikes recently in Iran, protests erupted in several cities across the country. In most cases, protests turned violent by the police and security forces who used tear gas, warning shots, and pellet guns to scatter the crowds.

 

Six Individuals Arrested and Accused of Association with Anti-Revolutionary Groups

The Ministry of Intelligence of Iran announced the arrest of six individuals for alleged “association with anti-revolutionary groups” in Yasuj City of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province. According to this statement, the individuals arrested have participated in teachers’ protests.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, in Yasuj, six individuals have been arrested for association with anti-revolutionary groups.

Without disclosing their names, the Ministry of Intelligence claimed: “Led by an anti-regime group based outside of Iran, these individuals aimed at using teachers’ protests to lead chaos, unrest and insecurity.”